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IP Watcher by Gear Box ComputersDownload

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License Shareware / $9.95
Downloads 97
File size 3.1 MB
Date added 8-Apr-2012
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Editor's review:

A tool that tracks changes in the IP address of a host and automatically informs the user (either locally or remotely through the use of email).

Pros: IP Watcher is a tool that constantly monitors your computerís IP address. This is useful in cases where the IP address is dynamically allocated through DHCP and changes occasionally. IP Watcher informs the user, when such a change is occurs, this is done either through a pop-up window (locally) and also by sending an email to any email address that the user specifies, the email contains information about what the change was and when the change occurred. Thus, if the user is away from his or her computer and needs to access it remotely they can do so by using the changed IP address (example using remote Desktop or PC anywhere). The current version of IP Watcher is a Windows Service thus it runs automatically when the computer is turned ON (irrespective of whether any user is logged on). The interface is bare bones and does only as much as it is required to do: it sits in the system tray and can be clicked to view status or to bring up a configurable menu.

Cons: Frankly, not many users need to have their IP address information at all time, so it may not be that useful. However, as the program description says that this is for users that want to access their computer remotely so this isnít really a limitation. On certain kinds of connections such as a public wireless with frequent disconnections, and IP address reassignment, the program informing the user constantly can become irritating.

It is also not clear that it works very well behind a firewall or with NAT (network address translation). Remote users may still face problems under such circumstances and manual settings may be the way to go. There is a security concern in that if your email is compromised, a hacker can get your IP address and attack it.

Overall: At least 3 stars. 4 stars also possible. It works but there are a set of issues and unanswered questions.

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