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Which IMs do not publish your IP address?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by savormix, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. savormix

    Jul 14, 2011
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    Vilnius, Lithuania
    Hi everyone,

    I discovered that apparently certain IMs (Skype, perhaps WLM) broadcast your IP as soon as you connect to their service. [IRC is a different story altogether].
    Until ISP-level upload speed caps are introduced, this poses a fatal security risk, as everyone who gets a hold of your (unchangeable, undeletable) username can instantly start a knockout* attack.

    The question is, are there any IMs that do not give away your IP to everyone on the internet?

    It is completely acceptable if they give out the IP when you attempt (initiate, start) a voice or video chat, which essentially is P2P or P2P + hub. It would be kind of acceptable if an IM would give away your IP without asking when transferring a file. However, it is absolutely not acceptable to have this automatically or during text chat.

    * – there are no services to be denied

    P.S. Sorry if this thread doesn't exactly fit into this forum (more about security than networking).
  2. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

    May 14, 2004
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    AIM, MSN, ICQ do not give out your IP unless you let people connect to specific services like file transfer
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