Someone tracking/stalking my IP?

May 31, 2010 at 08:45:23
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Well, this isn't technically technical problems is it? Hope not. If it is then I would appreciate that no-one flames me. I'm a little lost is all...

Someone with whom I used to be friends (but no longer) appears to now be stalking me online, or at least to know my IP. Whenever I see her logged into a forum that we both frequent and I log in instantly she is gone. This means that she can see my IP, right? If so, does it follow that she can indeed track my IP wherever I go?

Suffice it to say I know first hand that she is extremely computer literate, and of course she and I have shared files and exchanged many emails, and I've visited her website numerous times, so there are many ways she could have ascertained my IP. I have also received a number of trojan attacks since she turned nasty on me, which appear to have been dealt with by ESET, but I'm not sure now.

Any advice? If so, thank you.


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#1
May 31, 2010 at 14:28:40
Someone with whom I used to be friends (but no longer) appears to now be stalking me online, or at least to know my IP. Whenever I see her logged into a forum that we both frequent and I log in instantly she is gone.

You'll pardon me for pointing out that what you state here is actually contrary to stalking. If she were stalking you, she would suddenly appear in forum after you arrive.........not leave it as soon as you do.

Having said that, what type of forum are we talking about here?

Do you have a SOHO Router? If yes, check inside it's configuration interface. I'll bet there's a place in there where you can spoof a MAC address. Do so (ie: input one different from the actual hardware MAC address) and your IP should change.

If you don't own a SOHO Router, I suggest you invest in one.

Alternatively, you could call your ISP and explain your concerns and ask them to arrange for you to have a different IP address.


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#2
May 31, 2010 at 22:44:24
"...I see her logged into a forum that we both frequent and I log in instantly she is gone..."

... you might be on her "iggy" (ignore) list at the forum, perhaps create a new username at the forum to see if its your "ip" or username that makes her leave!


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#3
June 1, 2010 at 03:43:40
Curt_R, mavis007, thank you for the prompt replies.

Curt_R

I see what you're saying. What I meant by her stalking me was the fact that she has my IP and could be stalking it. She's just demonstrating that she does have my IP and knows of my whereabouts by logging out of aforementioned forums as soon as I show up.

The type of forum is a Chinese one under the 5d6d hostname.

My router is an access router but I'm not sure if it's SOHO..


mavis007

I'm definitely on her ignore list, but there would be no way she could see my username and thus run away until I'm logged in. It's absolutely instantaneous; literally I go to the forum (which isn't often) and she's there (she's always there by the looks of it) and 15 seconds later when I've logged in she's disappeared.

As far as I know if you are logged into these forums there are no actual stealth settings in so far as appearing invisible to others, but I don't speak Chinese so I may very well be wrong. And if I am, then it could simply be that because I'm on her ignore list she automatically appears invisible to me the moment I log in.



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#4
June 1, 2010 at 12:36:19
I asked about the forum because I used to frequent the IRC's years back. In the mIRC software, you could add people's nicknames to your watch list and every time somebody in that list logged on, you'd be notified they were logged onto that network. I thought perhaps you might either be using the IRC's, or maybe the chat/forum you use might have a similar notify.

If you have a management interface for your router, login to it and look through all the settings to see if you have one that allows you to change (spoof) your MAC address. If it does, try it. If you get a new IP (check that on "what's my ip" website both before and after spoofing the MAC address) to ensure you do have a different IP. Then you don't have to worry about her tracking it because it'll be different.

Don't forget, you can call your ISP and ask them about ensuring your IP changes. If they, like most providers, use DHCP for home clients, it would be a simple matter for them to arrange for it to change too.


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#5
June 1, 2010 at 16:31:32
Hi again Curt_R, and thanks. This may sound laughable but I have absolutely no idea how to even find my router, otherwise I'd try what you suggested. I'm not exactly clued up on these things...

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#6
June 2, 2010 at 07:33:17
Open a command prompt window (Start >> Run >> type in cmd and hit Enter) and enter the following command:

ipconfig /all

Look for the Default Gateway address. That is the IP of your router. Open a web browser and enter that IP in the URL field and it should take you to the management page for your router.

Before you start though, get your router manual and read it through and have it handy when you login to the management interface.


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#7
June 10, 2010 at 07:39:20
ohlongjohnson,
"I have absolutely no idea how to even find my router"
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
That article could be of interest to you ;-)

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