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Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

barnsley1985
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Registered: 16-03-2008

Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......
Can anyone advise me on how to find someone's, IP from simply chatting to them on MSN or similar...... I know used to be able to use netstat whilst a file is in transfer but, its seems this has been patched......
Any ideas ?
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techguy
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Why not just ask them to go to something like the thinkbroadband what's my IP tool http://www.thinkbroadband.com/ip.html
James
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Or the easily remembered....
http://www.whatismyip.com
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Or there is a program called Caller IP. It was on a Computer Shopper disc a couple of years back.

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pierre_pierre
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

I an not sure if we have got the wrong, (or right) of the stick, is he trying to find some one elses ID
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Can anyone advise me on how to find someone's, IP from simply chatting to them on MSN or similar.
techguy
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Hence the suggestions as I'm not right keen on using covert methods (I've never tried to and never would)
Bear in mind that messages are bounced off server clusters in the US so it is effectively a two leg journey (between you and the servers and then onward to the other party and vice versa)
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Frequently, MSN will make a direct connection to the recipient if you are both available with a UPNP enabled NAT router.
If either of you are NATted and unable to open ports, it will use the server-based connection.
Thus, you can use NETSTAT to find out which computers you are connected to. Smiley
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techguy
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Ah I've always been on a network or NAT router so have never seen it do that.
deadkenny
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

Another reason why I never enable UPnP. Seriously bad design when it comes to security.
techguy
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Re: Finding an IP address of a friend on MSN......

uPnp and plug and play in general is a good idea in terms of usability for novices but there is always a tradeoff in security