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Follow this way to protect your IP address

You are typically assigned a dynamic (changes periodically) IP address by your ISP. However, you can sign up for a static (never changes) address if you wanted to run a web server from your house. There is some debate as to which is safer, though it is arguably more secure to have a dynamic IP address because “there isn’t a constant target for the attacker,” says Steven Burn, Lead Malware Intelligence Analyst at Malwarebytes.

It all boils down to the steps you take to secure your IP address. Here’s how you can keep your IP address out of the hands of criminals.

1. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN): This protects your data online by the use of encryption and proxy tunneling. It hides your IP address and redirects your traffic through a separate server, making it much safer for you online. VPN services are without question the best practice for hiding your IP address, says Burn. They can be found online with monthly service charges, however, the price might not be worth it for every home user. There are free VPN services out there, but don’t expect them to be fast enough for any streaming or gaming.

In addition, you could run a proxy, which acts as an additional hub through which Internet requests are processed, all while hiding your IP address. It can determine legitimate over non-legitimate requests.

2. Update your router and firewall rules: Your router forwards data between networks, and your firewall prevents unauthorized access. Make sure you change the administrative password on your router, since default passwords are frequently used by attackers to break into your network. Each default password provided by your ISP is the same and can be easily searched online. Also, set your firewall rules to not allow any ping requests from the Internet. This makes sure unauthorized visitors won’t get through.

3. Change privacy settings on instant messaging applications: Only allow direct connections from contacts and don’t accept calls or messages from people you don’t know. Changing your settings to private makes it harder to find your IP address because people who don’t know you cannot connect with you.

4. Update your antivirus solution and add security layers: Making sure you are caught up on all of your security software’s updates ensures you’re protected from threats. Adding additional security on top of your antivirus further protects you. For instance, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware blocks malicious URLs originating from phishing emails in addition to blocking bad sites you might encounter.

Protecting your IP address is one aspect of protecting your identity. Securing it through these steps is one more way to stay safe against the wide variety of attack vectors cybercriminals are using today.

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