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Do you know if you are instant messaging (IM) ... Others can hack your computer!?

by tracing IP address (Online Fingerprint) and hack you if you're not having enough security!

Few different way of doing it as well protecting own IP:

1.Most common way of compromising IP is to pass link to someone in IM. It is easy to create web page (containing anything: funny pic, video etc – even with free Yahoo Geocities http://geocities.yahoo.com/gcp/) than by adding script to page with help of free service like StatCounter: http://www.statcounter.com/ log IPs and system info (operating system name and version, browser name and version, last visited site prior to clicking – etc etc) of all people which visited site. There are also free (bit gay and fishy) programs which allow to send link in IM which when clicked display IP of person in it’s window.

2.By taking advantage of fact that some chat communications: some IMs, cams (supermode always) as well other chat communications are connecting sometimes via peer-to-peer connection, by using monitoring tools like mentioned netstat command (type: nestat –b), firewall monitor, this free tool: (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Util... ) or best - packet sniffer, it is possible to monitor (and/or log) all connection which allows determining IP of person with which you instant massage, watch cam (or allow watch yours) etc.

To prevent someone from getting your IP you could:

1.Download YTunnel which allows blocking peer-to-peer connection in it’s preferences: http://www.ytunnelpro.com/ (you could also set firewall rules to do same however using tunnel is probably just easier).

2.Don’t click any links, especially since beside giving your IP you could get trojaned in totally invisible manner by briefly visiting page alone (unless you know how to do it safely) – to see how download and listen to audition #7 (fast forward it to 20 minutes 50 seconds) from this page: http://www.grc.com/SecurityNow.htm

3.Use proxy, or better (and safer) VPN client which will hide your IP both when clicking links and from sniffed chat communication – free, extremely easy to use zero configuration VPN client http://www.iopus.com/ipig/

4.Set your home to dynamic IP connection which allows changing IP on fly, should a need arise as when you suspect someone might have compromised your IP.

Another one important thing! Yahoo! Answers hides email but when you enable the option "Allow Answers users to contact me via Yahoo! Messenger." ... Your email address is exposed! So there is a possibility to hack your email and track your IP address!

So it's better to uncheck that option!

Star and rate if you like! OK? :o)


To sushi: Don't blabber if you're not knowing! Go to http://techrecipeblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/how... to know how to hack via IP address!

Disclaimer: Only for knowledge purpose! You guys should not hack by reading this! OK?

Update 2:

A hacker wants to know your IP address and what operating system you are running. Most home PCs run Windows, so home PC hacking is easy because there are many known Window "bugs" (Not me! lol) that can be taken advantage of. Most home users have never worried about computer security.

Every computer that connects to the Internet is assigned an IP (Internet Protocol) address. This is very similar to a telephone number in many ways. If you have a DSL connection or cable modem connection your IP address stays the same and is "always on". If you have a "dial-up" account, then your IP address is dynamic (it changes each time you connect), and your ISP (Internet Service Provider) cuts you off after a certain amount of time of inactivity.

Update 3:

Dial-up accounts are less hacker friendly because your IP address changes each time you are on. This makes it impossible for the hacker to make repeat visits unless he has tricked you into loading a program on your PC that tells him when you are on-line and gives him your current IP address.

"Always on" connections are just that, always connected and open for attack. The hacker can take his time getting to know your system and it's weaknesses, searching until he finds a way in. Your only safety is in the vast numbers of open, unprotected systems.

Yeah! I can read your brain! You are thinking "How to prevent Hackers?!"

Update 4:

The answer is FIREWALLS - Only way to protect yourself from hackers is use a Personal Firewall. The term "firewall" is used to describe some of the walls inside commercial buildings. These walls are required by most modern building codes. These firewalls are designed to keep a fire from spreading inside the building. A computer firewall works in the same way. Need more information about Firewalls? Then go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewall

These are the two best FREE Firewalls...

Comodo Personal Firewall (Now Internet Security!): http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

Zone Alarm Firewall: http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-...

Hmmm Sorry! Thanks are not needed! It's my duty to help you all!

You can also let other know by forwarding this question to others! Please help others! Will you? :o)

Update 5:

Here is some warnings for hackers!

1) Hacking, in the United States is punishable by LIFE IMPRISONMENT

2) Any hacking, no matter how trivial, no matter how many precautions you take, has a chance to be caught

3) Hacking for a 3rd party (you) makes you also liable under conspiracy laws as well as accessory to a felony.

If you know the hacker... You can report here!

Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (United States Department of Justice): http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting...

Again I'm insisting... This information is for knowledge purpose and not for hacking! To prevent hacking! That's all!

Update 6:

Also... Is Yahoo! Helping hackers too?!

When the question/answer is restored... The reply comes like this!


Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Answers.

We have reviewed your appeal request. Upon review, we found that your content was not in violation of the Yahoo! Answers Community Guidelines, Yahoo! Community Guidelines or the Yahoo! Terms of Service.

Your content has been reposted to Yahoo! Answers, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Answers.


Sophie ( I love this Sophie because she often replies apology mails! But rejecting mails are sent by others like Kyle Watson { Male or Female? :o( } )

Yahoo! Customer Care


For assistance with all Yahoo! services please visit:


Original Message Excluded:


Update 7:

When they reject your appeal... Original Message is included which has Original Message!

Original Message Follows:



1. What is your name and Yahoo! ID?



Yahoo! ID:

2. What is your email address?


Email Address:

3. What are you appealing?



4. Enter additional information here:


While Viewing:

Form Name:

Yahoo ID: : Yahoo id from cookie


Other ID:






Date Originated:

Where REMOTE_ADDR and REMOTE_HOST are your IP address... It's possible to hack!

Update 8:

Both IP address and OS including mail address are given by Yahoo itself! Yahoo! mail is not encrypted! Only Login and Logoff are encrypted! (You can see https and a lock symbol {and also a blue/green colored identification in your toolbar if you are using Firefox} ) Other than this login and logoff... Others can easily see everything including these reply mails! Need more about encryption? Then go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encryption

Well! We can request Yahoo! Answers to exclude original message ever!

Will Yahoo! Answers block DoubleClick.com/YieldManager.com advertisements?

HTTP cookies are set in the browser so that a trace of the user's web site is possible. Similarly, recorded, and what ads is clicked.

Update 9:

To profiles, information such as IP address, domain, browser, local time, the operating system and page views collected. DoubleClick/YieldManager applications could be used so that personal identification data to be collected. Double Click says the stored personal data will only be used for the purpose for which they are asked.

Update 10:

Tracking cookies can be used maliciously.

DoubleClick/Yield Manager also spread malware from advertisers such as Zango.com among others and poses a severe security risk to your online safety.



McAfee Site Advisor: http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/doubleclick.com

Web Of Trust: http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/doubleclick.com

Web Security Guard: http://www.websecurityguard.com/detail.aspx?domain...

Yield Manager:

McAfee Site Advisor: http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/yieldmanager.com

Web Of trust:


Web Security Guard: http://www.websecurityguard.com/detail.aspx?domain...

Will Yahoo! Answers read this and prevent these?!

Update 11:

Steps to prevent unwanted sites like this:

Go to http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm This article provides details on blocking Ads, Banners, Parasites, and Hijackers , web bugs, etc. with a custom HOSTS file.

Also use Mozilla Firefox with these addons!

AdblockPlus: Blocks advertising, banners and other unwanted stuff on websites.

Download from: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/186...

NoScript: Blocks malicious scripts and allows JavaScript, Java and other potentially dangerous content only from sites you trust.

Download from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722

Yahoo! needs revenue... But it should not harm the users! Right?

16 Answers

  • Regwah
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer


    I don't use instant messaging, however I am very happy with any links you have provided in the past & would recommend your advice to anyone.

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  • .
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Dude, I'm not reading all that, k? But yeah, I did know that. It's crazy, isn't it!? I don't allow IM. You even people you know that email you on msn or yahoo can also hack you. Anyone can hack you!!!! AGHHHHHHHHH RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! *trips and falls flat on face while running*

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Fabulous info, and though much of it is over my head, I will study this and use some of this advice.

    I'll see about passing this on to others here in a wee bit.

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  • Leona
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    My husband and I send milder ones like this morning was ...nice/hot/ whatever but I have sent him some pretty bad ones in the past too. I did send him one a few months ago where I told him I was in the mood to suck some C0CK and he got mad and said "you didnt say mine!?" I though 2 myself I sent it 2 u, idiot?! . Anyway he reminded me that other ppl can see the texts and since we are both business professionals i should keep it cleaner. I told him not to worry I will never send one like that again.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is really bizarre...why is Bugs Bunny giving me computer security information?

    I don't IM but its good news for those who do

    : )

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  • 1 decade ago

    yeah. I had this DEUTSCHE bag who i added on here talk to me on im. a week later my computer got a TON of viruses.


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  • 1 decade ago

    Thanks for telling us, but don't you think you are giving potential hackers ideas? also, how can you know if you have been hacked?

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  • Stupid
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    did you know that that easiest way to stop a hacker is to disconnect your computer from the internet GASP!!!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes i did know but did not know how to stop it

    have a nice day

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  • 1 decade ago


    This means all the terrible things i have said in the past

    will come back to BITE me in the ???..

    OMG What do i do........

    Thanks for the Info..........

    Have to run n Buy Smith n wessen 40 cal.............

    OK I will be safe now...............Shewwwy

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