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He is using computers in our office to login to adsense and update his website, which I also use to login to my adsense account. There is a lot of possibility that he will get banned sooner or later base on his behaviour towards adsense. I am fearing now that my account is being associated by google to his and when he get banned, I will also get the kick.
Should I tell google about this for the record?
There have been a number of Webmaster World posts about spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, co-workers, and relatives said to have compromised an AdSense account simply by using a shared computer or the same IP address as had been used for account login. Don't allow this to happen!
When you find yourself wanting to access your account on an insecure machine... think about the fact that the computer and network identification is going to added to your account information and will very likely cause a problem if the shared computer is misused.
Unfortunately, thegreatpretender, since this is a situation already "under the bridge"... it would probably be in your best interest to inform Google BEFORE there's a problem rather than AFTER.
I would let that IP fade off your Google records (if there is any) and favor safety over luxury.
[edited by: Khensu at 1:49 pm (utc) on Oct. 18, 2006]
The great pretender:
Seriously though - you are asking for trouble - especially if your co-workers know of your site.
[edited by: Pengi at 1:52 pm (utc) on Oct. 18, 2006]
I don't think there is any problem with you using work computers to update your website (although your employer may have a different opinon on that) it's your account login you want to keep off an insecure machine.
How your website is updated or where it's updated from is no concern to Google. They ARE interested, however, as to where you login from as that's the information they use to determine false (fraudulent) clicks!
That's the second time you've used 'serendipitous' today!
And an interesting connection too, from Wikipedia:
According to M.K. Stoskopf, it should be recognized that serendipitous discoveries are of significant value in the advancement of science and often present the foundation for important intellectual leaps of understanding.
Most apt for many AdSensers' conundrums:-)
It is unbeknownst to me if the IP can fade
I've got to believe the Google has more sense than to believe in guilt by IP address. Most of us have IP addresses that are assigned at random by our Internet provider, and reset at regular intervals or whenever the modem/router power is cycled. The same is true for anybody using broadband wireless to run a business from the road or spending time on local wireless connections at coffee shops, etc.
I'm at least as paranoid as all the people out to get me, but I can't see a one time crossing of IP addresses with a bad guy being a meaningful piece in Google's puzzle. If there was sharing on a day-in, day-out basis of IP addresses and computers as the original poster was worried about, that would be another matter.