Blocked from seeing IP?

IP Address Questions and AnswersBlocked from seeing IP?
Onederer asked 4 weeks ago

I cannot justify monthly bills, when I only check for my IP address a couple times per month. If you are blocking me, once I logged in, then is it time for me to move on? I'm a retired military NCO, and not using this machine for commercial purposes. It's only to verify that my machine is functioning properly.

7 Answers
wimiadmin Staff answered 4 weeks ago

Hi Onederer. We offer free IP checks. Our blocking only takes place after you've looked up your IP more than 5 times in 24 hours. If you sign up for the free account, you can get your IP 12 times every 24 hours. I'm not sure why you're being blocked if you're only coming to our site a couple of times per month.

Can you tell me what browser you're using and what Operating System?

Onederer answered 3 weeks ago

When I made that query about checking my IP, it was the first time today that I had checked my IP address. And initially, I had not logged in, and my IP was not displayed. Then I did log in. It stated that I had already made 5 inquiries, and could go no further. It was my first search. I then found out that if I click on the left side, to find something, it did work. Yay!
I'm using Vivaldi. I'ts the polite version of Chrome which doesn't spy or call home to report my activities. My current OS is Win10 Pro. It suits my purposes for now, although I do prefer to use the more secure and malware-free Linux. The next ransom attack, and Win10 gets deleted. And back to Linux again. And thank you for your prompt response (something that's becoming rare in our days). 
 

wimiadmin Staff answered 3 weeks ago

Are you sharing your internet connection by chance or coming to us via a VPN or mobile connection? If any of these are the case, it's possibly other users are visiting our site and we see them as one person since they're coming from the same IP.

Onederer answered 3 weeks ago

Hi, 
Well, my wife uses a small Windows tablet, wirelessly, once-in-awhile. I'm always bailing her out. Fully understanding the fundamentals of computing eludes her, and her emails are piling up.
My laptop, is running with CAT-5 cabling, going to a switch. then a router/modem. Her connection is directly to the router/modem via the airwaves. No one else knowingly is using my system.
We don't operate without using passwords. My wife's password is generated by machine to machine. Mine is of my own making, and not in an English Dictionary.
We both use ZenMate as a VPN, and she uses ZoneAlarm as a firewall. I chose to use Windows' offering instead of ZoneAlarm.
Whether anyone uses our system, we don't know. Since I use cable, not likely for me. My wife, well, they would have to know what kind of modem/router that I use, and I won't tell. We do not operate in the clear, and everything that leaves here is encrypted via https and VPN. However, we are still vulnerable to ransom attacks. If they can get into the big boys' toys, my system should be an easy target for them, and that leaves me helpless.
Hope that this answers your questions.
Cheers!

wimiadmin Staff answered 3 weeks ago

Yep, this answers my question. I suspect other users of the same VPN you're using are coming to our site before you visit and causing the 'lookup limit reached' message since it's on a shared IP address. When it happens again, please turn off the VPN and visit our site for confirmation. Or, choose a different location within the VPN, which will likely give you a different IP address. We use other methods to track limits, but I can't go into detail for obvious reasons.

Onederer answered 3 weeks ago

We want to thank your company for providing a service for retired  people such as us, with limited pension resources. Your site is very informative, and a great help to better use of computer resources.

wimiadmin Staff answered 3 weeks ago

Thank you!! Glad to help.

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