Posted 06-11-2004 at 12:55:31
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The 'software' that you linked to is a 'for pay' little program that will link you through what are known as 'proxy servers'...Some are 'public' and others like those owned by AOL are 'private'...
What this means is that you can connect 'through' someone elses computer so that when you surf around the net your IP numbers are somewhat hidden...The IP nubers are the identifying set of numbers that tell the world where you are connecting from...Yours are: 188.8.131.52 ...They tell me that you are using a network through:
OrgName: BIXBY TELEPHONE COMPANY
Address: 6 E. Breckenridge P.O. Box 98
If you were out on the net causing trouble (as in threatening people or starting viruses) the FBI could follow back to the company and then the phoneline or cable server that you connect through...By using a proxy, you can 'step-back' one level to somewhat hide your true location/IP...If you learn enough you can connect from proxy to proxy and on and on to make it look like you are here when you are there...There are even methods for changing IP numbers known as 'spoofing'...Not only going through a proxy, but actually changing the numbers...But TPTB have ways around that too (The Powers That Be)...
Lots of info about proxies, spoofing phreaking, and on and on...Just have to look...
PS.....All AOL users go through proxies in VA...That is why we have people here that post using the same numbers on occasion as they going through the same servers...Very hard to ban an AOL IP without banning a dozen other people that you do not want to...