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    Uniquely Associated Machines?

    This is a discussion on Uniquely Associated Machines? within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Just on GRC.com doing a port test and the following came up: -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The text below might uniquely identify you ...

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      Uniquely Associated Machines?

      Just on GRC.com doing a port test and the following came up:

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------

      The text below might uniquely
      identify you on the Internet


      Your Internet connection's IP address is uniquely associated with the following "machine name":

      5ac26d29.bb.sky.com

      The string of text above is known as your Internet connection's "reverse DNS." The end of the string is probably a domain name related to your ISP. This will be common to all customers of this ISP. But the beginning of the string uniquely identifies your Internet connection. The question is: Is the beginning of the string an "account ID" that is uniquely and permanently tied to you, or is it merely related to your current public IP address and thus subject to change?

      The concern is that any web site can easily retrieve this unique "machine name" (just as we have) whenever you visit. It may be used to uniquely identify you on the Internet. In that way it's like a "supercookie" over which you have no control. You can not disable, delete, or change it. Due to the rapid erosion of online privacy, and the diminishing respect for the sanctity of the user, we wanted to make you aware of this possibility. Note also that reverse DNS may disclose your geographic location.

      If the machine name shown above is only a version of the IP address, then there is less cause for concern because the name will change as, when, and if your Internet IP changes. But if the machine name is a fixed account ID assigned by your ISP, as is often the case, then it will follow you and not change when your IP address does change. It can be used to persistently identify you as long as you use this ISP.

      There is no standard governing the format of these machine names, so this is not something we can automatically determine for you. If several of the numbers from your current IP address (90.194.109.41) appear in the machine name, then it is likely that the name is only related to the IP address and not to you. But you may wish to make a note of the machine name shown above and check back from time to time to see whether the name follows any changes to your IP address, or whether it, instead, follows you.

      Just something to keep in mind as you wander the Internet.


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      Worrying....

      Chris.


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      thats pretty normal tbh, think of an IP address as a fingerprint, you are identifiable across the net

      Did you do the port test?




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      yes port 21 and 80 are open

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      Cool - so everything should work for you now!




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      Thanks again

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      no probs, we are here to help




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