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Old 12-28-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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kinda freak me out. They know your zip code (or one pretty near it). It gets pretty annoying if you're trying to take screenshots, because you have to black the whole thing out every single time, and if you forget, you're in trouble.

I'm just wondering: Where do these ads get the info? I'm sure WI doesn't just give it out, but it kinda makes you wonder...
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:51 PM   #2
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I believe they trace your IP address
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:51 PM   #3
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Now you know that programs exist that can trace you fairly close to your home by IP address. I have seen that in a number of programs where it lists towns near where I am. It bugs me too
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:53 PM   #4
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I think the ads are just there. I don't think WI picks them or gives out info, all the ads want is you to buy stuff.
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Are you sure it is actually tracking an IP, or is it just putting in a preformed one?
I know there was this glitter graphic ad for awhile that had my name as the pre-chosen demo... LOL I was like hey how does it know my name??? ... My sister set me straight and showed me the Ad on her comptuer... same name..

I can assure you, WI would not release this information.
If you feel uncomfortable with the ad. You can contact an Admin with a screenshot, link (if you feel comfortable getting it) & date/time of when the ad appeared and they will look into it.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:55 PM   #6
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If your online, your IP adress is active and people can track you down that way. That is why they ask not to give personal info, on safe sites like WI so bad people can't get your exact adress.

It creeps me out, too.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:55 PM   #7
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It gets creppy how close they know whare you are and just think what we dont think is posibale is happing
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:55 PM   #8
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Yeah... I found that it was creepy.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:04 PM   #9
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no..it was a city right close to mine. It isn't an IP address that they bounce back from, but essentially the neighborhood through your ISP.
The IP (Internet Protocol) address only identifies your PC to your internet service provider (ISP). Various "tracking" techniques can be used to narrow that down, but only to within a marginal radius. (Like an email tracker)
The only way to get those would be to ask your ISP, which will have the information in its log files. I don't think that you can ask an ISP to give that PERSONAL information without a warrant, though.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:25 PM   #10
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They use scripts like PHP to get your location using your IP address. It's just another way to get a user's attention to click on the ad.

I just saw this ad... isn't it kind of inappropriate for this site?

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