Publicly displaying IP addresses (cross-post)

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#1

I was hoping to get your opinions on whether or not I should publicly display the IP addresses of my site’s visitors.

The scenario is this: I use visitor tracking software on my site and thought it would be fun to allow my visitors to see what other visitors are up to, e.g. what search terms were used to find me, what browser/OS visitors are using, etc.

The tracking software I use also displays visitor’s IP addresses. Do you think I should omit this information from the display and if so, why?

Thanks in advance,

Jennifer
http://jennifermadden.com


#2

(I’m going to cross-post too, but in the future please try to limit posts to a single forum - thanks!)

[quote]The tracking software I use also displays visitor’s IP addresses.
Do you think I should omit this information from the display and if
so, why?

[/quote]

Well, it depends. As a web user I would have concerns if my IP address is directly linked in any way to both my identity and/or my search terms, and is public. Publicizing search terms or other info in such a way that it can’t be linked back to a specific individual is, I think, okay.

Basically, keep your users’ privacy in mind. Making public anything that links back to them personally should be considered very carefully.

You might want to think twice before making IP addresses public, too. If you have a community associated with your site and there’s any chance someone might get into some sort of argument with someone else, having the IP address of one’s “opponent” makes it a lot easier to do all sorts of nasty things to them (denial of service attacks, crack attempts, you name it). From a pure network security standpoint, you might want to consider keeping those IP addresses to yourself.

Just my opinion. :>

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