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How to to find duplicate IP addresses amongst members.


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Is there a way - perhaps an automated way - to find members with who are are associated with the same IP addresses.  Would like to use an investigative tool to help locate members are registering with multiple accounts using different names.

I can see mention of this years ago - and suggesting it would be an easy tool to be added in future updates.  Has it been done?

 

Thanks!

Bob

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Bear in mind that with so many people using VPN's, and the fact most broadband and mobile internet providers are using shared and not fixed IP's, just because someone has the same IP as someone else, it doesn't mean they're definitely linked in any way. 

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There is a third party app for that, but I don't advice to guide yourself by IP addresses duplicates, because of the reasons @Dll mentions above. And the bigger your membership base, the worse it gets.

That same app also can detect and prevent registrations from people using a same device, which is a better way to go IMHO. Sadly, the functionality for device detention and subsequent actions it offers is not as good as what it offers for IP address detection. You still need to go fishing for the duplicate devices from a list instead of sending you a message letting you know of a case when it happens (which I believe it does when there's an IP address match).

The was a previous app by another author that was more practical and sent messages when it came to device detention but he discontinued it.

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