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While your IP number is visible and available to anyone on the same network as you, what they do with this information depends on you, the user. Try to stay calm, and do not hang around "packet-kiddies" as they are called. If they do not like you for some reason they may packet your connection, disconnecting you from your irc/isp connection. Most people should not have run-ins with them.
There are safer methods of using the Internet Relay Chat network, such as a proxy. Most IRC proxies are on port 3128, and can be set to use in the Options menu of most clients.Added by oWn3d: Proxies are also used for spam on almost every network. Networks such as DALnet and Criten have made rules against proxies on their network.
by Hypn0tyze edited by removed
last modified: 2002-06-02 05:27:46
Developed by Diamond CS, Home of Trojan Defender Suite (TDS), this free utility called IRC Clean can help provide you some protection from a Worm intrusion by a malicious or well intentioned IRC buddy. Check it out here.
by ITGeekMonkey edited by removed
last modified: 2002-06-08 19:59:54
An IRC Bouncer (AKA BNC) is normally used to remain anonymous around IRC. When on a BNC, Virtual Hosts cover up your real IP. Instead of connecting to the IRC Network/Server first, you connect to the BNC. When logged on, you've got options to select virtual hosts, add users, and connect to the server. When you connect to the server, your chosen Virtual Host shows instead of your real IP.
To get BNC access, you'll have to purchase a shell account. Google for "shell accounts" and you'll probably find a few sites.
last modified: 2003-08-10 14:17:11