👍 #867 - Someone Has My IP Address - Should I Be Scared?
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One of the most common questions on some of my YouTube videos is from someone, usually a child or teenager, who's been threatened by someone claiming to have their IP address.
It's an empty threat. So what if they have your IP address? No big deal.
They're just trying to scare you. Someone Has My IP Address - Should I Be Scared? goes into the details.
Also this week:
- It's the most common way accounts are compromised. Would you recognize phishing?
- Your machine's been infected. Do you know how to back it up safely?
- A program misbehaves and can't be uninstalled. Now What?
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This Week's Featured Article
Someone Has My IP Address - Should I Be Scared?
What your IP address does and does not reveal, and to whom.
If someone threatens you because they know your IP address, it's an empty threat.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
Phishing: How to Know It When You See It
|Phishing is a way scammers trick you into providing personal and financial details. Phishing opens the door to identity theft and more.|
How Do I Safely Back Up an Infected Drive?
|Once your machine is infected, system backups are likely to include the infection, but are still important. I'll look at what steps to take.|
A Program Crashes and I Can't Uninstall It. What Do I Do?
|Problems with a program that won't install can be tricky. It's important to capture the exact wording of any error messages you are receiving.|
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A Program Crashes and I Can't Uninstall It, What Do I Do?Problems with a program that crashes that won't uninstall can be tricky. It's important to capture the exact wording of any error messages you are receiving.
How Do I Safely Back Up an Infected Drive?Once your hard drive is infected, a full back up is likely to include the infection as well. I'll look at what steps to take when that happens.
Someone Has My IP Address ' Should I Be Scared?If someone threatens you because they know your IP address -- it's an empty threat.
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