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Old 07-19-2018, 10:19 AM
 
Location: California
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Granddaughter wrote a letter to the editor using Prtonmail
Called the newspaper "unprofessional and heartless" due to a particular front page story
Really don't want them tracing it back to us, our IP address that is
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:13 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Reading about ProtonMail's security measures, I can't imagine there's a better commercial site to send email from to avoid being tracked.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Granddaughter wrote a letter to the editor using Prtonmail
Called the newspaper "unprofessional and heartless" due to a particular front page story
Really don't want them tracing it back to us, our IP address that is
Too late?

There's no way to not track IP addresses, as they are the backbone of how everything on the internet works.

There are some ways to try to mask or hide your IP, but you have to set them up ahead of time.

The reality though is that unless she broke the law, all they can tell from your IP is what ISP you subscribe through. If she broke a law, then law enforcement would have to contact your ISP to get them to disclose who you are based on their records.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:35 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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It shouldn't matter. Your ISP would have to reveal your identity and they only do that with a subpoena. It's not directly traceable to you, only to your ISP. Rest easy.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:39 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Granddaughter wrote a letter to the editor using Prtonmail
Called the newspaper "unprofessional and heartless" due to a particular front page story
Really don't want them tracing it back to us, our IP address that is
It shouldn't matter. Your ISP would have to reveal your identity and they only do that with a subpoena. The IP address is not directly traceable to you, only to your ISP. The email itself is traceable to your email address. That is contained in the header as is the ip address. It's the email address that is usually traceable to a certain extent but it does identify you personally.

Anyway, you didn't break any laws I don't think. What's the problem?
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:59 PM
 
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An email can include the IP of the machine it was sent from, this largely depends on the service and may even vary between web based email and using an email client. The easiest way to find out is have her send you an email using the exact same process (web based or email client). Find the option to view the source, copy it to text document and then search it for your IP.


If the IP is not present the only record of the IP sending the email would be with the service you used and depending on the service they may not even have that.



An IP is not necessarily identifiable information without some correlating data. For example suppose you have an account with the paper and logged in with same IP, then they could determine it was you but even that is not 100%. Other than an example like that a small time operation is not going to have the data to correlate it.
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:02 AM
 
Location: California
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It shouldn't matter. Your ISP would have to reveal your identity and they only do that with a subpoena. The IP address is not directly traceable to you, only to your ISP. The email itself is traceable to your email address. That is contained in the header as is the ip address. It's the email address that is usually traceable to a certain extent but it does identify you personally.

Anyway, you didn't break any laws I don't think. What's the problem?
Why is breaking the law required to be embarrassed

thanks everyone!! no laws were broken. It's just a letter to the editor.


In an area of just 400 full timers
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:45 PM
 
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Next time have her send scathing letters through a VPN
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:48 AM
 
Location: California
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Next time have her send scathing letters through a VPN
LOL good thinking.
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:31 AM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Better not write anything that would make anyone worry to be tracked down. Assuming, it was an anonymous letter?
Protonmail claims to be highly secure, and like others said - it would need a subpoena or more to reveal the sender. If I remember correctly, their server is located in Switzerland. In contrary to the US, EU takes data protection and cyber security very serious.
I use it myself, although for other reasons.
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