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August 25, 2013, 07:26:55 PM
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If IP addresses are stored for each account, could there be an option to compare the IP addresses of multiple accounts automatically? The result would be "in the same IP range", "the same IP", or "different IPs." Another option could be a percentage match between the IP's

Does anyone support this, if this is possible?

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August 25, 2013, 07:44:45 PM
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It's possible
It won't happen

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August 25, 2013, 07:44:56 PM
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It would be effective to some degree but to be honest if sock puppets want to exist on here they'll find a way. The only thing you can do is exercise caution when trading on here by using services like escrow by John.K.
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August 26, 2013, 02:37:38 AM
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It is difficult using IP addresses to identify sock puppets because of TOR (although I don't believe you can create an new account from a known TOR exit node), proxies, or dyanmic IP addresses (i.e. tethering from a cell/mobile phone).

I like the idea of using 2FA via text message when creating a new account or when making a trade (i.e. loan, purchase, or service).  While people can still have multiple cell/mobile phone numbers (i.e. pre-paid sims) it makes it more expensive to create multiple accounts.
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August 26, 2013, 12:22:38 PM
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what about IP Public addy??

i mean alot of users (ISP customers) connected using same IP addy. this is very common practice in my country.
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August 26, 2013, 12:41:20 PM
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If IP addresses are stored for each account, could there be an option to compare the IP addresses of multiple accounts automatically? The result would be "in the same IP range", "the same IP", or "different IPs." Another option could be a percentage match between the IP's

Does anyone support this, if this is possible?

How would you ever implement this? I am online on this forum right now at this moment with 2 absolutely different IPs depending on if I decide to use my phone or decide to use my notebook to post.
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August 26, 2013, 07:31:20 PM
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It would be good for the sake of trading to be able to identify that a person is NOT using a TOR exit node. Of course, that might also increase requests for IPs to the forums which could affect the administrator's time, but eventually (if not already) police from some country may request IP logs from the forums.

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August 30, 2013, 01:53:28 PM
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Greyhawk has a very good point. Multiple users post with their phones, company ip's etc. Potentially You would may be stopping people registering if they work in the same office etc.

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August 30, 2013, 01:54:59 PM
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Neither possible nor happening.

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