Protecting Your IP Address On The Internet
With so much access to the Internet these days, thieves are targeting people online using their IP address in larger numbers.
Cyber-stalkers are on the lookout for all types of unsecured wireless devices on your network that could allow them a backdoor in to your home.
Amazon's Alexa, TiVos recording devices, and gaming systems like the Xbox and Playstation 4 are all examples of new non-computer devices that can still be hacked and exploited by a criminal.
One of the more recent ways that targeted IP addresses have been used to harm someone comes from "swatting" which is a malicious prank that a cyber-criminal may use to have the police called to someone's home.
But there are many ways that you your IP address can be used against you and you have to learn how to protect your IP from the Internet.
The first and foremost way of staying safe online is not advertising anything about you that makes you vulnerable to a hacker. Such as talking about where you bank at or bragging how good you are at something, such as gaming.
Other ways to keep your self safe include changing your password regularly on all your accounts and using two-step authentication wherever possible as an extra layer of security.
Think about it like this... The more you talk, the more likely someone is watching everything you do or say online and building a case against you. In the case of a hacker, a case can be built on where you bank at or even exactly where you live.
That is something your IP address reveals about you in most cases. Your geographical location. So how can you protect your IP address directly?
Don't accept chats from people on instant messaging services that you don't know, such as Skype. Change your settings to "Private" mode on any application that you can.
Use a VPN to re-route your Internet activity. Here are a few VPN providers we recommend. It's the fastest way to protect your IP.
Next up, avoid using a static IP address. A dynamic IP address may provide more protection because it is not a constant hacker target.
Secure your home or business network with a firewall and keep it updated. Change your router password regularly also.
Last but not least, install antivirus software on all your devices. If you find yourself using your mobile phone more than a laptop computer, keep your mobile operating system up-to-date with the latest patches.
Everything described in this article can help safeguard your digital life and your IP address, and make you a harder victim for hackers and virtual thieves.
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