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#1 _.:Mercenary:._

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 09:27 AM

Hello members,
This is a quick reminder to keep your username on Invision Virus different from other usernames you use on the web. That way Invision Power Services (IPS) can not directly identify you or your community. If you happen to fall into the situation that your username is the same as it is on IPS OR if your username is the same across the web and you wish to have your username and display name history removed from public view, please follow the following steps.

1) Go to your "My Settings" > Manage "Display Name" > Change your display name
*NOTE: People can still see your previous display name history on your profile. To remove your display name history follow Step 2

2) Contact _.:Mercenary:._ via PM and request a your Display Name History to be deleted. (Due to security reasons do NOT DM me on Discord for this)
*NOTE: This will remove all of your previous display names here at IV, this is the best way to stay anonymous and under the radar.
*Security Note: As a safe reminder, please note that staff will NEVER message you privately (without your permission) for your password(s). Staff will also never message you to gain access to your ACP on your community or ask you for any other sensitive/private information. Report any suspicious activity that may be impersonation if this happens.

As always we take your privacy VERY seriously. That being said as we approach 60k members we have taken extra steps to secure our Admin Panel, servers, and other areas that have confidential information to be more secure & private for your protection.

Thank you again for being a loyal member of Invison Virus,
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#2 IamKangy

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 11:00 AM

Thanks for providing this information _.:Mercenary:._.

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 11:20 AM

View PostIamKangy, on 30 March 2019 - 11:00 AM, said:

Thanks for providing this information _.:Mercenary:._.

My pleasure!
I was reading an article from a long time ago which stated that IPS will investigate possible nulled boards by finding the head admin/owner username and searching on the web (or even on IPS) to see what comes up. So I thought to my self it would be a good idea to give people extra reminder ;)
Big shout-out to  _.:illus!on:._ for making the custom made tool!
Cheers!
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#4 Robinson

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 01:29 PM

They do that? Well they're nothing if not thorough lol

#5 Noobshot

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 04:43 PM

Thanks! This is a great heads-up

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 11:42 AM

thanks for sharing this with us

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 10:17 PM

Thanks for this detailed post Merc, truly appreciate the precaution and steps to keep us safe.

#8 Jose Cuervo

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 04:41 AM

That's not how IPS knows who share files. I had my account banned because I shared a file in another forum. I was the only one who downloaded the file in the day. It is logged. Everyone who downloads a file, adds a record to a log. Your name here won't do any bad to you.

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 04:45 AM

View Posteumesmo, on 02 April 2019 - 04:41 AM, said:

That's not how IPS knows who share files. I had my account banned because I shared a file in another forum. I was the only one who downloaded the file in the day. It is logged. Everyone who downloads a file, adds a record to a log. Your name here won't do any bad to you.

But they cannot see the file uploaded as a Guest, they won't go out their way to make an account.

#10 _.:Mercenary:._

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 05:05 AM

View Posteumesmo, on 02 April 2019 - 04:41 AM, said:

That's not how IPS knows who share files. I had my account banned because I shared a file in another forum. I was the only one who downloaded the file in the day. It is logged. Everyone who downloads a file, adds a record to a log. Your name here won't do any bad to you.

No one for sure knows 100% how IPS investigates nulled boards. However you can't just say "Your name here wont do any bad to you" because I know a previous staff member and members of IV have been banned from IPS because they had the same name here at IV and IPS.
At the end of the day you do not have to abide my warning, just don't come crying when/if you get busted by IPS.
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#11 cold

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 11:55 AM

View PostJose Cuervo, on 02 April 2019 - 04:41 AM, said:

That's not how IPS knows who share files. I had my account banned because I shared a file in another forum. I was the only one who downloaded the file in the day. It is logged. Everyone who downloads a file, adds a record to a log. Your name here won't do any bad to you.

They look at the checksums of files uploaded to IV and if they match a file downloaded by a user on IPS he will more than likely get banned. Talking from experience here ;) Always repack any files being leaked.
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#12 Rinto Scriptz

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 01:43 AM

Also guys,

If you download a file from IPS. Keep it for yourself for a few days and look at how many downloads on IPS were done on that file after you that way you are lost among the numbers to them.


If you download a file and 2 minutes later you come here to upload, they're gonna know it's you.

#13 tmspforums

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 09:32 PM

Thanks! I've always been careful, but it's good that everyone has it too.

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:30 AM

and make sure you BAN ips when you find their ip

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 10:01 AM

Thanks for sharing it, really helpfull for us

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 04:15 AM

Thanks for the information.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 02:02 AM

How will i know that Ips took down my forum? Because today my ips forum is fail to display the site and keep saying its due to connection problem.But other website in my server are working fine.Is this what you say IPS  ban?

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 04:15 PM

View Postnurdidy, on 22 May 2019 - 02:02 AM, said:

How will i know that Ips took down my forum? Because today my ips forum is fail to display the site and keep saying its due to connection problem.But other website in my server are working fine.Is this what you say IPS  ban?

I don't think it's a ban. Make a ticket with them.
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#19 llllllllllllllllllllllllll

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 01:27 PM

Thanks and done!!

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 12:10 AM

I'm using a username here that I last used elsewhere over 13 years ago. As a result, this should not appear anywhere anymore, since most of the pages I had access to are no longer existent.




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