IRC, how safe is it?
jonathan at jkdwebmagic.com
Sat Sep 23 06:58:19 MDT 2006
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006, Daniel C. wrote:
> On 9/23/06, SlackwareKid <linuxbeginner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> How safe is IRC, I'm not allowed to use it because my brother and my
>> dad said that it isn't to safe for the network. I was wondering, how
>> safe is IRC?
> Using it will reveal your IP address to anyone on the same server as
> you. That may be what they meant. I'd be really surprised if a
> protocol that old had inherent security flaws. Just make sure to use
> a good client, and (as always) don't download random stuff from people
> you don't know.
Yes, tell us more about why you were told that IRC is not safe? I use it,
but I use IRCII which is all text based. As Dan said, about all that I
can think of that could be a problem is visibility of my IP. But if I am
pushing through a firewall, that should not matter, as long as it is
locked down. Some irc clients allow file transfers over direct
connections, that could be unsafe if someone sent you a virus (if you are
on windows). It really just comes down to using common sense and
understand that not everyone in the world is out to help you.
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