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what could someone know my ip address find out about me?

Shaun McWilliamsShaun McWilliams Registered User new member
I had serious quarrel with someone on the web that he threatened that he could find out my IP address.
I also foolishly clicked on his link provided. I think my IP address has been leaked because I clicked
on the link

What is the most precise possible information he could get from me by knowing my IP address as he said
or by clicking on the link he provided?

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    japanjapan Registered User regular
    You can't really "leak" an IP address. It needs to be publicly visible to a certain degree in order for your internet to function.

    Probably the most precise information they would be able to obtain would be the name of your internet service provider (e.g. Comcast, AT&T, CenturyLink, etc.) and a rough idea of your physical location (not your address, but maybe down to the level of the city in which you live).

    That said clicking on a malicious link carries a risk of compromising your machine, depending on the technical capability of the person providing it, which is more of a concern than leaking your IP address. It would be a good idea to run a full virus and malware scan, and update any essential passwords.

    However, "I can find out your IP address" is one of those things that is technically true but actually pretty meaningless as a threat, and that suggests that this is not a person who would actually be able to do anything particularly malicious with that information. It sounds more like someone is trying to scare you by throwing technical jargon at you.

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    zepherinzepherin Russian warship, go fuck yourself Registered User regular
    edited December 2020
    What can a person do with your IP address. Mostly just annoying things.

    Find your rough location (maybe state or major metro area) and Internet Service Provider. Maybe engage a denile of service attack, although those appear less common these days.

    There are some things if you have malware on your pc. IE if you visited a site that they linked and loaded an exploit. Your IP address will let them connect to your pc. If you visited on your phone, you are probably fine.

    How skilled is this person?

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    Capt HowdyCapt Howdy Registered User regular
    IP can provide internet carrier and City. Thats pretty much it. Even having your MAC doesn't provide much more for the average internet A-Hole.

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    bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    If they have a way to check for your ip in some nasty site's logs they might have some info on your browsing preferences you might not want public. But isp subnetting should mitigate some of that.

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    SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    Anyone threatening to do anything to you with your IP address doesn't actually know how to do anything to you. You don't need to worry about your IP address being a risk to you.

    You may need to worry about other things because you clicked on a link, though, like malware. What do you know about the link you clicked on? I wouldn't be worried about the person that made this threat, but I would be concerned if I clicked on a potentially malicious link that others could use to take advantage of me.

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    dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    There are things an IP address can be used for in conjunction with other things. To an internet shit talker it's no different than knowing your zip code or county.

    The link you clicked is definitely a bigger problem, depending on what it was.

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    MulletudeMulletude Registered User regular
    Yeah, it should go without saying at this point, but never click on random links. Especially one provided by somebody talking shit to you.

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    FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    With literally only your IP address (and only civilian resources, so not law enforcement) they could DDOS you.

    Depending on what else you've leaked/provided, for instance by clicking whatever link they provided, they could potentially DOX or SWAT you as well. It's important to note that one piece of identifying information (e.g. IP Address) could easily lead to others based on your activities on other websites, social media channels, etc.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    I have reason to believe I just figured out your name.

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    DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    Mulletude wrote: »
    Yeah, it should go without saying at this point, but never click on random links. Especially one provided by somebody talking shit to you.

    So, this is a good piece of advice, but if you're running a fully patched browser, have some basic controls (like preventing unknown scripts) and don't allow anything to download, the only risks I'm aware of are attempting to authenticate with another service. Is there anything else I'm missing?

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    JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    If you clicked the link, well...

    1) Scan your computer. At least anti-viral, anti-malware if you can. You don't know what was on the site you traveled to; the best you can honestly do is mitigate what you absolutely can. If the scans come up clean, well... you're clean for everything they can possibly detect at the current time. Most of the time, this means you ought to be reasonably sure that you're clean.

    2) Even then, the only way to be completely sure is to start with a fresh, known-clean install of Windows, and then re-install everything you had.

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