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Is it possible for someone to track my location if they had my cell phone's IP address? Someone I know asked me for it recently and I thought it was odd.
- Unsure in Idaho
I would like to understand if an IP address on an email gives away your location to an ordinary person, or a person with some reasonable IT savvy. I was given to understand that a computer's IP address is embedded in a header somewhere in emails sent out. If I am in city X and send out an email, and I go to city Y and send out another email to the same person, would they be able to discern that my location has changed? And if yes, how? And I wonder if you wouldn't mind answering the same question if I am using my IPhone to send emails. Would it be discernible to the same person that my IP is no longer in city X, but in city Y?
I've been hearing about viruses that attack smartphones. Is this just scary digital campfire stories, or do I have something to actually worry about with all the things I do on my phone?
Being bored and an insomniac, I happened to come across a late-night commercial for a service called Carbonite. It claims to automatically back up all my data so if something happens (or as they say "Before disaster strikes") my data is all protected. I just can't really get my mind around what the service is. I have a few gigabytes of photos and documents stored on my PC and I am worried that it will die on me one day and I will be left without copies. Should I use this service? Will disaster strike me? Did I leave the oven on? Why is the number 42 important? The suspense is killing me!
— Freaked out non-geek
I’ve been searching around for a new internet service provider since I moved into the Pioneer Valley. What is going to be a good choice for getting high-speed internet?