why do some taskers ask for ip address; i wonder what they will do with it
November 1, 2012 8:48pm CST
can any mylotter help me out? there are tasks on mylot or other sites where the task assigners asks that you give him your ip address as proof that the task is complete. i am not comfortable with people asking for ip address. many persons can be mischievous and deceptive, especially where it comes to money. does anyone agree with me? do you know why someone should ask for your ip address because you want a few cents for some tasks, and by the way, how safe will one be after that?
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• Cambridge, England
2 Nov 12
Every website that you visit automatically collects and logs your IP address. Although an IP address is, in a sense, "Personally Identifiable Information" and can show your approximate geographical location it is of very little use to a hacker. You can compare the security with a burglar knowing your street address. In order to enter your house, he would either need a legitimate key or would need to overcome whatever security system you have in place. Very much the same applies to someone trying to gain entry to your PC. They may know your IP address but they also have to have access to a suitable port number. There are 65536 possible numbers, all of which are controlled and monitored by your firewall which checks the legitimacy of every request to open a port. The reason that people sometimes ask for an IP address is so that they can check that the task has been completed correctly. Since, as I say, websites automatically collect and log the IP addresses of anyone visiting a website, this is sometimes shown as an identifier that a particular person visited the site (and is often used internally by sites to identify users and to check that they are logging in uniquely).
2 Nov 12
IP address cannot be used for unique logging in, owlwings. username can and you can create another account. I can use another computer with a different IP and it will not be unique. Nothing can be unique except from the end of the person on the computer. Have you ever had a unique account on an email box? I try to respect my gut feelings and sometimes, i feel it is wise to make sure you are correct by talking to other folks. thanks anyway. nice day.
• Cambridge, England
3 Nov 12
I know, of course, that an IP address does not positively identify a PERSON. However, the reason that people ask for an IP address for a task is so that they can check that a person using a particular Internet connection (and, presumably, a particular username) actually logged on to the site and completed the task. What I was at pains to make clear is that it is in no way dangerous or insecure to give your IP address to someone in this situation. It is being used as a check to ensure that the task was completed legitimately.