OT: Is there any way for someone to see my MAC address over the internet?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Aug 25 14:31:18 EDT 2011
Michael D Mays wrote:
> Is there any way for someone to see any personal information about my machine over the internet via a web browser?
The user-agent string can be used in some circumstances for limited user
Browser Versions Carry 10.5 Bits of Identifying Information on Average
You can see your user-agent at this site:
There are other methods of tracking your movement from site to site, but
as with user-agent strings they're very limited to all but court-ordered
One can use Tor (there's a Firefox plugin available) to mask your IP,
and there are also plugins for modifying your user-agent as well.
Ironically, it's been said that making any obvious change to your
security setup may make your movements more interesting to systems like
Carnivore and Echelon than just leaving things with their defaults.
For myself, as interesting as Tor is it's way overkill for my own needs.
I run with NoScript and a cookie blocker on, selectively activating
scripts and cookies as needed. Even that's at the edge of what my
patience can endure, but at least I get to decide when I'm being
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