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firewall exploit and ip numbers as folder names

  • My Opera is up to date ver 19. I have a 2way firewall and was surprised when a new opera popped up saying an exception was made. The thing is it happened so fast that I didn't see the first pop up and can only hope it was opera also. Somehow a program that is only suppose to be used by me did this auto and when I went to look at my exceptions there was two Opera's.

    Thats when I noticed the folder holding the .exe had a name like an IP address. Is this a normal thing?

  • Yes, it's normal. Just take a look at Opera's install folder.

  • Why does Opera do this? It seems like a way to track people or something that could be used in that way.

  • The folder name matches the version number.

  • Oh! Right. Why I didn't notice this is beyond me. I assumed because there was two folders that the Popup from the firewall made the new one but no it's just the version numbers as you say.

    Now I have no idea why opera (it was already allowed full access) would pop up and make itself a new exception. When I went to look at my exceptions there were two of them for Opera and before there was only one.

    Is it possible the people at unity game engine could have done something that to me seems like an exploit? I ask because I bought something from them and the "Open in Unity" button wouldn't work to download it. This is the only way to DL it. I posted a question to Tech about it. This was all within 15min of the problem.