I think my answer was quite clear, as were those of a number of other posters. Just because they didn't say something you agree with doesn't mean they weren't clear.
i never said i didnt agree, infact i do agree with them. but the kid asked a simple question and everyone has to use the opertunity to prove how smart they are by throwing out all sorts of terms and phrases that the avrage person just doesnt understand.
If you don't know how something can be done, you don't know if it can be done; you only know what you've heard from other people who, since you don't have the tools to evaluate their statements, might very well be misinformed, lying, just repeating what they've heard, etc.
Just because i dont know excatly how to do soemthing, doesnt mean i dont have the right to say its possible. i dont know how to make a hadron partical accelerator, but other people have done it so i knows its possible
An IP address is not a big deal. It's not something magical. And it's not some mystery. Every post you make on this forum is tagged with your IP (just only the mods can see it). Every Web page you read, your IP is necessary for the server to send out that page, and logged. Every email you send (with a few exceptions in webmail), the recipient can see your IP right there in the headers. And, yeah, if you log into a Minecraft server, or an IRC channel, or any other online medium, anywhere that data has to be sent to your computer, your IP address is visible to anyone on the other end who cares to look (and possibly has the necessary system privileges, if it's protected to some extent). But the server owner can always see your IP. As I said before, The root user is God. I own a webserver. Everything my machine knows, I know (if I want to bother). I know what an IP address is, and what it isn't. I also, for what it's worth, know how hacking works. No, I'm not going to tell you.
i understand what an IP adress is. and i never said all you need it an IP and google to hack into someones computer. i do know that someones IP can be used while hacking someones computer. not by itself or even with another program. you can use the IP to specify what device to connect to, if you ever get close enough to do that.
And no, someone can not hack your computer just because they know your IP address. If they could, they would have no need to send trojans and keyloggers in email attachments; they could just send you an email pretending to be from, say, Facebook (for some reason my spamtrap email has been collecting a lot of those lately) and the minute you read it, they'd know your IP. Yeah, it really is that simple. I'm not a hacker, not a real one, but even I know how to do it. Don't believe me? PM me your email address (use something like Yahoo if you're afraid of me knowing your real one) and I'll tell you your IP.
I never said they needed just your IP. but they can use it to aid them if they alraedy know what they are doing.
Advising a kid to carry a knife is a bad idea, in this age of "zero tolerance" (aka zero thought) schools, where an elementary school kid can be expelled for nibbling a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. Besides, what good would that do anyway? If someone's going to hack a computer, they don't do it by beating you up on the street! They're probably not even in the same city, and most likely not in the same country.
idk about where you live. but in most parts of the US its acceptable to carry a pocket knife with a blade length below 6". obviouslly i didnt expect him to carry it into a school and it wasnt for actully warding off attackers. just a sense of security. if someone arrests you or calls the cops on you for carrying a pocket knife in public. then we may as well just give up our 2nd admentment rights right now. because if people are freaking out about tat kind of thing i dotn what to imagine what would happen if i had a conceled wepons licens.