what does my ISP know?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Question, Jan 20, 2006.

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  1. Question

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  2. securityx

    securityx Registered Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Your ISP knows the exact URL you have visited. The exception is if you go to a secured site, in which that would be a https:// address. HTTPS indicates a site which you will communicate with encryption (either SSL or TLS). In this case, your ISP will only see the visit to the original https site, but nothing else until signed off of that site.

    TOR, JAP or a VPN are solutions to surfing with your ISP being left out of the loop.
  3. question

    question Guest

    can they see specific things? like images, and what i said in thi psot? i feel like a satellite dish is right over me, watching everything i do,
  4. TNT

    TNT Registered Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Uh, yes, they can. They probably wouldn't bother unless they have something against you, but technically, they very much can (again, unless you are communicating through an encrypted channel, like https).
  5. osexe1

    osexe1 Registered Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    How does TOR compare to JAP in your opinion? Advantages of either, Why would you choose one over the other?
  6. rANCIDE

    rANCIDE Guest

    is it legal?
  7. MikeNash

    MikeNash Security Expert

    Jun 9, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    All unencrypted traffic you view (or send) is the equivalent of sending a postcard. The postal service HAS to be able to read the address to send it where it wants to go. They *could* also read the card.

    Encrypting using HTTPS it is like sending a letter. Your content is within the envelope - it can't be read by the casual observer.

    So - if your question means is it legal for your ISP to know - with most protocols, they have to in order to provide the service. If your question means is it legal for them to snoop - I guess it depends on your jurisdiction, privacy laws and the agreement you have signed.

    I we some support last year for an email company that had 100,000+ users. Technically, we could have isolated any account, read mail, hid or redirected it as we wanted, copied it and sent it on to a third party. That is the degree of trust that you place in the email provider - you have to trust that they will not do that, even though they can.

    Google's adwords may scan the text of your email to help with ad placement. Usually, humans will never ever look at your account unless there is a compelling reason to do so.
  8. Rayman

    Rayman Guest

    So if an attacker found my i.p. and they did a portscan, but i was using tor would that affect my machine, or the server?
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