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Re: 'Password Incorrect' keeps re-occurring

Useful to know the lease time (which I later saw in the Hub's pages too) - I've been used to BT's DHCP policy where a Hub usually gets a new IP address from the pool at random on reboot - pros and cons to each.

It would have been an 'issue' with a rogue machine, like I apparently had, jumping around to different IP addresses and thereby circumventing the blacklisting for a while....
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Hello

Too put it is easy terms, when you device is turned it sends the hardware ID to the DHCP server that gives out the IP address, the DHCP server will check that hardware ID with it database to see if it has had a lease given out before, if it has and the IP address has not been taken by a new device you will get the same IP address if it has been taken you will get the next free one.

My lease changed around 2.5 years ago when virginmedia segmented my local network, but since then I have had the same one, mostly because I keep my hub and router turned on, even when I had no kit on for over 1 week still got the same lease this happened beginning of October.

So although they can change it is rare unless the network has been segmented or a new user picks up your expired lease when you device is off.

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@g0akc, out of curiosity what were the names of the detected adware?

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From memory, one related to Hola VPN (a lot of files for that) and another to a ‘Free Codec’ that I’d inadvertently ‘installed’.  There may have been others.

 

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That’s intriguing, you are the second person in two weeks to mention Hola VPN.

I think I might have to take a look.  I know they’d been linked to using people’s bandwidth for other purposes in the past.  It looks like they they may be facilitating spam transmission too.

Another reason to avoid them.  Was this the Chrome add in?

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For what it's worth, Hola VPN doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation among Internet Security specialists, partly because there have been numerous reports of the installer apparently also adding a nice batch of malware products and also the nature of how it works. It basically sets up a big P2P routing network so your traffic can be sent out through someone else's connection to bypass Geo blocks, but that does imply that other people are accessing the internet through your connection - and you have no real way of knowing what they are doing on it.

Earlier versions of the app also had really bad security vulnerabilities, was leaking personal user data all of the place and there were stories that the originator of the code were selling off customer IP address to anyone interested.

Personally I wouldn't touch it with someone else's barge pole!

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Perfectly timed with today being Halloween 🎃

IMHO the information in their FAQ and Privacy Policy should be enough to scare anyone off; monitoring of device activity (mouse, keyboard, etc), data collection, selling of data, etc.

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