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Does this forum software shows users' MAC Address?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Lollitannia, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Lollitannia

    Lollitannia New Member

    Or just plainly IP address?
    Thanks for answering.
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    No website has access to MAC addresses from a simple request. Only the IP address is ever sent.
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  3. Vincent

    Vincent Well-Known Member

    You can always set up a custom userfield where they are required to fill it in on registration, but I don't see why you should have it?
  4. Lollitannia

    Lollitannia New Member

    My forum runs weekly events for prizes based on thanks received and likes and a load of things like that, but it has come to my attention that some users abuse their own likes by making multiple accounts with an easy IP change.
    Well thanks anyway, I might take a look on the mentioned custom userfield thing.
  5. SheepCow

    SheepCow Well-Known Member

    MAC addresses are only used at the physical layer, which is basically up to the first non-switchy thing - so typically up to their router, they don't make it onto t'Internet
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  6. Lollitannia

    Lollitannia New Member

    So other than IP address, there is no other way to detect unique users. Is that right?
  7. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Via the forum software? No, there is not.
  8. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    Set a cookie to their browser and/or you can just moderate to see if the likes are coming from actual people. Ultimately if your community is small enough where likes can be boosted significantly by false likes then you can't really stop it if people are determined.
  9. Saeed

    Saeed Well-Known Member

  10. shawn

    shawn Well-Known Member


    Let's say your user has IE, Chrome, and Firefox all installed on one machine. They can post three times, regardless of what tracking cookies you employ. They can open a new incognito window and post again from there. If they're already changing their IP addresses in order to avoid getting caught, there's little you can do. Tracking cookies help, but they're far from bulletproof. And MAC addresses never make it that far up the network... and even if they did, the users could change their MAC address, too.
  11. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    The only way to make it full-proof(which btw has never been successfully done) is to run a Physical Impulse Mechanical Bypass Stress Routine(kick it).
    Fuhrmann likes this.
  12. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    That's not technically true.

    There is away to track someone's MAC address via a combination of using cookies and a js script. But it is a good way to violate several international privacy laws and have your website taken down and added to every spam & rouge IP filter list in a hurry.

    I'd not recommend it. In fact I strongly suggest you don't.
  13. Lollitannia

    Lollitannia New Member

    Alright, thanks for the heads up guys! (y)

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