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An Internet Protocol (IP) address is
a numerical identification that is assigned to devices participating in a
computer network utilizing the Internet Protocol. This number is similar
as a telephone number, however used by computer hardware such as network cards,
switches and routers.
There are plenty of technical articles regarding network components and the
allocation of IP addresses. This page explains the importance of
recording the IP address to combat fraud.
Every ISP must purchase blocks (range) of IP address to connect to the
Internet. Therefore, knowing an IP address is knowing the ISP owning
the range of IP addresses encompassing that address. By the way, we
can do the same reverse lookup for a telephone number. If a
phone number is genuine, then it is possible to determine the phone company
leasing that phone number. Also, the area code often reveals the region and the
city of the phone number. Since the phone company knows where to send
the monthly bill for a particular phone number, it follows the phone company knows
the exact location of the individual utilizing that phone number.
The same information can be collected regarding an IP address. Better,
an IP address is almost
impossible to fake, compared to the ease of spoofing Caller ID in a phone
conversation. This is because the IP address must remain valid in order for
the server to send network packets back to the user.
If the IP address is incorrect, then the server will send the network
packets to the wrong location and the user will never receive any data from
the server. In the case of iGolder, an incorrect IP address would mean
the user will not be able to view any web page from iGolder.com, never mind
making an unauthorized transaction.
Today, most computers connected on the Internet reuse the same IP address for
extended period of time. Since the IP address changes only a few times per
year, its recording helps iGolder to determine activity patterns for a
particular IP address (computer). For instance, if you always make gold
transfers from the same computer, then a large transfer
from a new IP address (computer) to a new account (member) automatically raises the suspicion
level. Depending on the suspicion threshold, the server iGolder may
send you an email message requiring you to confirm the transaction.
If the transaction looks very suspicious, then the server iGolder may simply hold
the transaction until an authorized staff member contacts you by
phone to confirm the transaction. Again, we have no desire to put our
nose in your business, however we are determined to keep fraud at bay.
Eliminating fraud is essential for us because we want to offer low transfer fees to our