Help for mom experiencing IP & posting fraud

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A post online from My IP & Appears from my device, yet I did not post. Can someone fraudulently do this & it be traced to the wrong computer? (Nobody else uses the device)

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Your ip address sends in the header of every email you send. Every ip is unique to the network connection that you are using when the email is sent from a computer, However, what type of connection is there like wifi/ wired etc. Please back with more details.
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  • ToddN2000
    It may be possible if you are on an unsecured Wi-Fi network. Do you only use this computer at home or do you use public Wi-Fi hotspots?
    A little more info is needed to determine where/how it may happen.
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  • Harisheldon
    Yes, it is called Wardriving.  If your router is not secured, like Todd stated, then anyone who has a laptop can drive around a neighborhood, find a signal that is open and then can join that network and use their IP address, hence the securing of your wireless router with a long, alpha-numeric, numbers and special characters password.
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  • ToddN2000
    Not only by driving around but even easier in multi-unit housing. If you live in an apartment building, condominium or duplex, you may find 15-20 networks in range. Some may be unsecured and easy to gain access to. I have been at my in-laws and seen 7-9 other networks near by and 2 of them are unsecured.
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