Sneaky, Sneaky.

Online anonymity has skyrocketed. Over the last couple of years, keeping your online identity within seems to be the new thing? Why? Because people out there are scary. With the internet becoming more and more complex, there are people out there who know a lot more than your Average Joe. These Average Joe’s can be tricked into fraud. Believe it or not, it happens more times than not. Here are some steps to lay low when surfing the web.

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1. Gain the Knowledge. The internet looks simple from the user’s viewpoint, but in reality the protocol to make something like the Internet happen is very, very complex. Every connection to the Internet has one thing in common. This is known as an IP Address. The data sent and received from your computer will always contain an IP Address of where it is going or where it came from. This IP Address can be traced back to you through help of your Internet provided. This means that if anything is done illegally, like stealing  music, your IP Address can be suspended and you will no longer have access to the web.

2. Know what has to be done. In order to gain online anonymity, a lot of things has to be completed. The most important thing is obfuscate your IP Address. That simply means to just hide it. Cookies must be removed frequently. Some people say to do it as frequently as once a week. Removing your cookies will just insure that there are no harmful files on your computer and make it so that your computer can run at optimal speed.

3. The Proxy. There are many ways to change your IP Address through different proxy servers. A server can be configured in your network settings. When you use an online proxy, your browser will send all data requests to the proxy, the proxy will route you to the destination and will send you back the data. This is invisible to the user because we only see the destination.

There are three ways to stay safe and secret online. We all know that it can sometimes be a scary place, but many good things has also come from the Internet as well. Overall, the most important thing to do online is to be safe, but taking even more precautions can only help the user out in the long run.

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