Who can access an IP address?

10 pts.
Tags:
Hackers
Security threats
Web security
If someone finds out your IP address can they get access to your email and or computer if your email is sitting on their server?

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

If your email is sitting on a companies server they ability to read you email if they know your IP Address or now.

If someone has your IP Address and you have a firewall on your PC, or network then they would have no access to your computer. The exception to this would be if you had a virus on your machine which phoned home looking for commands to perform by the person who wrote the virus.

If you do not have a firewall installed on your computer or network then they could break into your computer.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

As mentioned above, a firewall is important. You should consider upgrading your network class and then get a firewall. You can see your IP address by going to start>run>cmd>ipconfig.
-Schmidt

==================
It’s a lot more than just knowing the IP address. There is the issue of finding a service/application/port to gain access to the data/information or application. A firewall may block this access but it will not block access for authorized applications, services or users. So, if someone knows access credentials to the e-mail, they can gain access. If someone can gain access to the computer through an authorized running application which can be exploited to gain access to the e-mail, then the computer is no longer protected. One of the best summaries of computer security can be found in the article <a href=”http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/community/columns/security/essays/10imlaws.mspx?mfr=true”>10 Immutable Laws of Security</a>.

Discuss This Question: 2  Replies

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • petkoa
    Hi Eguidry, > If someone finds out your IP address can they get access to your email > and or computer if your email is sitting on their server? If your e-mail is "sitting" on their server, they can access it any time they wish - providing "their server" means a server they have administrative access to... :o((( The things with the IP are more optimistic - it isn't a kind of secret property of your computer. The computer send its IP in every request to the network (LAN, IN) so the answer could be sent back - thus your IP is well known to the mailserver where your mail is read from. However, if you have a properly patched system and no running unnecessary services, you are pretty safe (with the exception Mrdenny warn you about - try not to catch any backdoors during web-surfing).
    3,120 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Jaideep Khanduja
    Security configurations on your network firewall, router (for external) and swirches (for internal), as well as on the mail server can stop unauthorized access to your mails.
    8,955 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.

Following