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I have had my I.P address posted on a site where I'd rather it wasn't.
I'm worried sick now, and I'm not sure what to do. I can't mention it to my Hubby, even though he would know the answer to my question.
Please forgive my ignorance. I know as long as there are no alerts floating around, the computer is protected. That's as far as my knowledge of internet security goes.
Many many thanks if you can help me.
If you are using a cable modem, unplug it for a day and you may acquire a new IP address.
I can't mention it to my Hubby
Sure you can. You can tell him anything. He loves you.
But, anyway, the point R is trying to make is that everyone knows your number. But, it's just a number--it's not linked to your name, just your computer.
With wireless, it's possible that someone else can ride along on a number if it is not protected. In my neighborhood, there are several open signals.
In addition, given your IP address someone could do some sort of attack on your machine specifically.
However, what is much more likely is that your IP address isn't static. It probably changes routinely, and likely every time you reset your modem. So the easiest fix is probably to just turn your modem on and off. That'll give you a new IP address. (that's not perfect, but it's close as you can get I think).
Once you've cycled your modem, Google 'what is my IP address' to check your IP address - see if it has changed.
not always true! some isp's give out fixed ip addresses and some people request them (and get them) for various reasons.
for instance last time i checked my isp gave out static ip addresses for an extra $2 a month.