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IP address security threats

Cybercriminals might access your IP address through a variety of methods. Social engineering and internet stalking are two of the most popular.


Social engineering can be used to trick you into revealing your IP address. They can find you, for example, using Skype or another instant messaging program that uses IP addresses to communicate. It's vital to remember that strangers can see your IP address if you use these applications to talk with them. Attackers can utilize the Skype Resolver tool to find your IP address by looking up your username.


Online stalking


From playing video games to leaving comments on websites and forums, your IP address might be revealed through a variety of online actions.


Once they have your IP address, attackers can go to an IP address tracking website, such as whatismyipaddress.com, type it in, and then get an idea of your location. If they wish to confirm that the IP address is related with you specifically, they can cross-reference other open-source data. They can then utilize LinkedIn, Facebook, or other social media sites to see where you live and compare it to the area specified.


If a Facebook stalker conducts a phishing assault to install spying malware on people with your name, the stalker's IP address will very certainly validate your identity.


Cybercriminals can launch attacks against you or even impersonate you if they know your IP address. It is important to be aware of the risks and how to mitigate them. Risks include:


Downloading illegal content using your IP address


Criminals could, for example, use your IP address to download pirated movies, music, and video, as well as content related to terrorism or child pornography, which would violate your ISP's terms of service. This could mean that you – through no fault of your own – could attract the attention of law enforcement.


Tracking down your location


They only need to conduct a bit more research on social media to find your house and possibly break into it while you are gone.


Directly attacking your network

Criminals can attack your network directly and launch a range of attacks. This type of cyberattack occurs when hackers use previously infected machines to generate a high volume of requests to flood the targeted system or server. This creates too much traffic for the server to handle, resulting in a disruption of services. It essentially turns off your internet. While this attack is typically launched against businesses and video game services, it can occur against an individual, though this is much less common.


Hacking into your device


There are thousands of ports for every IP address, and a hacker who knows your IP can try those ports to attempt to force a connection. They may, for example, take control of your phone and steal your information. If a criminal does obtain access to your device, they could install malware on it.


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