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Can People On Yahoo Answers Know Your Physical Location?

Discussion in 'General Malware And Security' started by Steve223, May 29, 2019.

  1. Steve223

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    Anyways, I posted a question on Yahoo answers that was admittedly somewhat inflammatory. But this guy said something about "If you're going to waste your few precious hours on Earth", and then I saw that he was a level 7 user. Just a guy using it. I didn't click any links from him, get any contacts from him or anything. Nor do I have any reason to believe that he could have hacked me, nor would that make any sense really.

    When I signed up for yahoo email, I had to give phone verification. Could someone on yahoo answers realistically use that to hack me? Or, as I'm expecting, this was just a troll posting a comment to try to rattle me for posting something he didn't agree with. As I've said earlier, I'm somewhat new to the whole internet thing in general.
     
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    Yahoo email says it doesn't send phone numbers to anybody, so I doubt he even had that. Just an anonymous person on Yahoo answers
     
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    I believe he may of been just someone that may be angry or just a troll it happens.The only thing I would say is your IP address is visible but that only gives a general location.Although if someone wanted to pay they could get any information that is public about anyone.I wouldn't worry about it this happens on a lot of forums and chat sites.
     
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    The worst they could do is turn on the caps lock. lol
     
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    I highly doubt this was anything to worry about as you said, but I thought IP addresses would only be visible to the admins/moderators of a site as opposed to the actual users. At least, that's what I've heard from other people
     
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    You maybe correct on that but I believe anyone that is smarter than me (and that is a lot of people) in the IT world can get anything they want.I know I may sound paranoid but I've read so many horror stories of hacking I want to be on my toes.Also if you have a router (which I hope you do) you are reasonably secure but nothing is 100% in computer land.It is good that you question this better safe than sorry in my opinion.Stay safe.
     
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    On any decent site/forum, yes this is the case.
    In the board software, we have settings that we can change so that only Admin/Mods can see your IP.
    But not everyone sets their forums up with this type of security in mind.
    Just run a google search and type in 'Show my IP' ..... your IP address will then be shown on the search page.
    So it's only concealed on sites if the settings are set to reflect this.
    Sadly Yahoo doesn't have a very good reputation when it comes to security.
     
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    What types of problems have there been with Yahoo's security? I never heard about that. Do you think this means that the guy posting that comment could have been able to see anything that would somehow give away my location? Also, I have been using Yahoo for everything, including getting online bank statements, which I plan to change after hearing about this. Would gmail be more secure?
     
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    Wow, that sounds really bad, I already set up a gmail account and switched over to that. I'm definitely not going to use Yahoo anymore given what I just read. Sounds like Yahoo is or at least was compromised by really high level cybercriminals. As for the business with the guy, nothing else has happened.

    And the moderators had found it very early on before I even got a chance to report it. And the thread ended up getting deleted. I haven't taken any other action, as it seemed like there wasn't really any way for the guy saying those things to have any idea about the person connected to the account.
     
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    Good move on your part I got rid of all my Yahoo stuff after all the bad things happened to them.I went to gmail also after I closed my web site where I had my email.I keep telling my wife to get her email off of Yahoo but it falls on deaf ears.I believe if the guy you are referring to on Yahoo was just a user and not any type of moderator or administrator you should be good.Only moderator and administrators will have permissions to get that info as Starbuck has said. One thing I know is you won't have to worry on this forum.
     
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