How to Protect Your IP Address
How to Protect Your IP Address
Save your business, this can’t be said enough times. Businesses, large and small, are being forced to comply with the various rules put forth by various organizations and countries of the world. While some of us small business owners have already begun to take steps into our offshore accounts, taking steps to protect our privacy, we as large corporate entities must understand these threats and their effects on our business.
First, you need to protect your IP address. You receive emails, some of them unknown, with a file attached that will install a Browser Helper or other program on your computer. The result is that that program will regularly send information about your browsing activities to someone who will read it and use it to send spam or even worse, use it to steal your identity.
Next, guarantee that your computer is protected. Makes sense that if you have security concerns about someone breaking into your data that you have the ability to change your IP address.
If you use Outlook Express, Outlook, or Outlook Messenger, make sure that they are updated with the latest version of the email program. People may not be aware but suddenly having the ability to send and receive emails could be a dangerous thing to give up. While there are programs out there that could provide you with encryption as well, I would rather have the best and safest with a program that gives me the utmost level of protection.
People will only begin to open the email and begin reading the information in it because they know they have to do so. They also know that they must do so because they won’t realize when their files have actually been deleted if they don’t. But, that doesn’t mean they won’t realize it.
Your words and hard work will be protected, so the chances are the attacker will now have access to your hard work and will be able to benefit from it. So, what they do might be silly, such as posting your latest article on your blog or using your profile to send spam. They might also use your profile to send viruses or worms which will further damage your computer.
To avoid such things from happening, you must protect your email by creating hard workable passwords. When you create accounts online, you should always use your real name. This cannot be faked and the most damage will be caused by hitting the “reply” button instead of “forward”. You might want to use your nickname or a name that would not be so obvious for a workplace (i.e. “Beard” instead of “Blond”). You never know what someone will do with this information so it would be better to keep this information to yourself.
You should also be concerned when you receive emails that ask you to go to a Web site and register your domain, for I guarantee you that the Webmaster will not be able to track you if you simply register the domain without completing the login process.
Some will try to “frame” the links in such a way that they will send you to the site you wish to visit, instead of your actual bank site. This is why you should never click on a link like “login” or anything else that requires you to enter a login name. To do so will send you to your banking site, not the site you wish to visit.
If you are an online shopper, ensure that the site has the most up-to-date protection against online fraud.
Ensure that your computer is free of any unwanted programs that may cause trouble while you are shopping or checking your bank statements.
When you are shopping on the Internet, avoid sites that look a lot like electronic storefronts. It is easier to be taken in by a con artist online filling out a registration form without realizing that the site is not in fact a legitimate one.
Make sure that you have a good browser or operating system to prevent fraudulent sites from opening up your account.
Watch out for ads that say “Lastchance”, they usually mean “Don’t lose your card”, but do not in fact exist.
If you have a membership site, do not give out your username and password to anyone else.
Do not use a financial service to carry out your payment for products or services, including “Western Union”. Of course, they will make you a decent offer in exchange for your credit card, but it is better to get the money back if you are being defrauded.
Most importantly, do your research.