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I use firefox's chatzilla plugin for IRC,

Is there a way I could hide my IP so that people can't find it by issuing an irc whois command?

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You cannot do that, use a proxy or VPN. – Lekensteyn Dec 22 '11 at 16:16
@Lekensteyn: That's not true. Most servers allow for host masking. – Wuffers Dec 22 '11 at 16:31
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That is a server-side setting. You can try the following to ask the server to hide your IP :

/mode yournick +x

Even if the server supports it, it can still be bypassed by using DCC. So rule of thumb : don't expect too much anonymity on IRC.

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