Any System Operator of any service with access to logging functionality can grab your connecting IP. it is a basic right for them, as connection information is needed for tasks such as debugging.
Yes, denying the grant to connect to a service they provide is acceptable. You automatically acknowledge that use of a online service is not a right, but a grant which can be denied. You acknowledge this by continuing to use online services.
i’m not sure what kind of basic lack of understanding is going on here and while i do not associate with the general community of collabvm/computernewb because of a varying amount of problems with its members,
@yellows111 is right, any operator of a service asserts a basic amount of responsibility for their service, and as such, need to retain information such as your ip and username (these two are most relevant to services on collabvm, which includes uservm).
no danger is apparent on your machine by being on collabvm or uservm, minus anythng that is generally out of your control… unless you do it yourself of course, ala exposure to pornography, illegal materials (which should be reported as soon as possible), underage users (also should be reported because its illegal for them to access collabvm due to said hypothetical exposure to pornography).
uservm is also not a ‘collabvm clone’, it’s an official extension of the service itself. of course, it’s always recommended to just use your own hardware, but only if you have the capable hardware necessary for performant virtualization.
Admin for that site here, pretty much concur with yellows and dfu. I touched on this a little in your other post and most of it applies here. UserVM is an extension of our service that allows people to run their own customized instances of our server and share it with others.
You’re correct that we can see your IP address, any site you visit can. We log IP addresses to help mitigate abuse.
In addition, when you connect to a UserVM you are subject to their rules and they also can see your IP address, since you’re connecting to a server hosted by them. We do not moderate UserVMs and the most we’ll do is delist them if they violate our hosting rules.
Like I said in your other post, these are two completely different scopes. If you want a VM all to yourself, don’t use CollabVM or UserVM, run your own VM.
if someone is going to be malicious with what i can consider pii because of the range of carelessness an isp can have when it come to geoip, then their uservm should not be available - that’s just what i think about it