OT: Is there any way for someone to see my MAC address over the internet?

Michael D Mays michael at michaelsmanias.com
Thu Aug 25 16:41:36 EDT 2011

That's really neat! But  sloww. But not so much of a problem for its intended use.

I use a VPN when I am in China. Just a single layered onion I guess.


On Aug 25, 2011, at 1:31 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> 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 tracking:
> Browser Versions Carry 10.5 Bits of Identifying Information on Average
> <http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/01/tracking-by-user-agent>
> You can see your user-agent at this site:
> <http://whatsmyuseragent.com/>
> 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 ISPs.
> 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 cookie-tracked.
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