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    If someone is posting things about me or is ordering items under my name and shipping them to me, is there a way I can track the IP address that was used to do these things?

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    [quote name='serenity921asil' post='796687' date='06-Oct-2009 19:50']If someone is posting things about me or is ordering items under my name and shipping them to me, is there a way I can track the IP address that was used to do these things?[/quote]
    Web sites generally keep logs of every request and post, including the IP address from which it originated. However, that data can be very voluminous, so it might not be kept for very long. The site also might consider the data private and require you to obtain a subpoena before providing you the information. And if the transaction was made from a cybercafe, wi-fi hotspot, or using Tor or another proxy, then the information might not lead anywhere useful.

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    [quote name='serenity921asil' post='796687' date='06-Oct-2009 22:50']If someone is posting things about me or is ordering items under my name and shipping them to me, is there a way I can track the IP address that was used to do these things?[/quote]
    serenity921asil,
    Hello,
    Im not positive as i have never used this function (of NetWorx) before, but there is a free program called NetWorx v5.0.4 (SoftPerfect Research) http://www.softperfect.com/ This small program has a "Trace Route" function that might be what your looking for. When used with FireFox's "show IP0.8.17" Hope this is of some help . By the way "NetWorx is a great program that shows all sorts of other stuff as well. Check it out. Regards Fred
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    Hey Serenity, Welcome to the Lounge!

    Unfortunately, there is very little you can do to locate this information yourself, unless you 1.) have access to the computer causing the issues, or 2.) are the server administrator of the website in question. It's important to note that tactics and techniques for using stolen information for the purpose of online identity theft are designed such that the persons perpetrating its use are rarely caught.

    The only way to truly protect yourself is to change your information. If you suspect someone is using credit card info, dispute the charges with your card company, and request that they send you another card. If it's a matter of accessing personal accounts, change your passwords. The idea is to make any of the information that's being used against you obsolete, so that its use doesn't continue to have negative affects on you.

    If it's more of a personal nature, (someone impersonating you to spread libel or slander) then you'll likely need to retain a lawyer to determine who is at fault. A surprising number of records are kept for many social networking sites, however those records are only available if you subpoena the entity storing them. Before you contact a lawyer, you might consider contacting the company to advise them of the behavior. Most sites have fairly solid Acceptable Use Policies, and any use of your information without your consent is likely a breach of that policy.

    If you can provide us with more detailed information about how your information is being used, I'm sure this advice could be further refined. I sincerely hope it helps.
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