Quote:> I don't like the fact that some FTP servers I log into are displaying my
> address back at me....I always wonder if some of these places are
> these addresses.
I speak for myself but I *only* log and spit back IP address to the ftp
for security reasons. My guess is most ftp servers log IP's for auditing
on their systems. I.e., how many people from AOL are logging
into our servers every day.... or who uploaded that illegal child * photo
into our incoming directory ........ It's mostly for auditing and
A few warez dudez have been visited by some law enforcement officals
for uploading pirated commercial software to one of my ftp servers.
I've since disallowed any writable "incoming" directories. Knowing their
IP addressed came in very handy. :-) Not sure how it turned out, probably
a slap on the wrist.
Even if these ftp servers did collect your addresses, the vast majority
be useless for any marketing schemes. You can't directly send and email to
IP address (dial-in, cable,dsl ....) you would need their login name and/or
email address. Some ftp servers ask for your email address as a password
but don't really enforce it. And most people access ftp servers via web
browsers which doesn't send your email address as a password. Command
line ftp, the choice for entering your email address is your choice.
Still, you can give a fake user account name and get past that if you are
worried about giving out your email as a password. I.e, you are logging
in from "my.machine.cmm" and could just give a anonymous ftp
The most common reason for hiding a source address is usually for
malicious activity, because you don't want to get caught for something.
Quote:>Is their any way to hide the ip address and still log onto the ftp server?
Not directly. Indirectly, you could spoof you IP address and then log into
the servers. More hassle than it's worth and I don't think you need to for
what you are concerned about.