Dont go online without your masq !
Dont forget your masq! When I started surfing all those years ago, I remember feeling so apprehensive and cautious about the whole thing it made me nervous.What a difference a few years can make ! Nowadays I don't give it a second thought.Familiarisation has got the better of me and these days it's so easy to forget the pifalls and cyber traps lying out there to catch us, steal our personal information, tastes and preferences, not to mention our finances.Sure i remained cautious about certain dubious sites , my banking issues and the usual stuff to try to steer clear from.In addition i ensured I had an up to date antivirus for protection.
But recently I have had a rethink on the whole affair and decided to start all over again.The free antivirus is gone and i have a paid one with all the bells and whistles.Sure it cost more but i feel much more reassured about my laptop and more importantly the information personal to me that exists on it are safer than before.And all future updates are free so i know i have the most relevant and up-to-the-minute features to protect me.
My digital footprint and sharing this with others!
The next thing i had to consider was all this hype about showing your IP address and what could be obtained from this unique identifier.After digging around for a bit i realised that whilst i wasnt revealing my inner most sanctum to my laptop, there were things about me that this IP did disclose to anyone skilled and determined enough to find could exploit.Things like my geo location, my ISP provider etc.In fact lots of things like :
In other words my IP address was giving away information i was not aware of and that i didn't really need to.
So i explored my options to minimise this.There were a few, some very sophisticated involving technical explanations around encrytion, VPN tunnels, web proxies, proxies and finally those one click hide your IP software.In the end and if i am honest i decided to go fo rthe one that i understand best and one that didnt come at a premium price, yet still afforded a decent degree of reliability and privacy protection.
I decided to wear a mask and hide my IP address with software from one of the popular market brands.Now there are quite a few to choose from and some reviews are good for most of them.The market leader seemed to be hide my IP, though I just didnt like the look of the cheap marketing behind it.Some reviews also complained of awful customer support.In the end i trialled one called IPMasquerade.And i liked it... a lot!The essence of this is that you input the sites you are likely to want to surf and do a quick search for suitable proxies to use to mask your real IP with, or hide behind therefore protecting your real personal details as you surf.It then lists the best ones in terms of country, anonymity level and connection speed.You then use a one click feature called "Masq me" to select the proxie of choice and thats it, you are surfing through a proxie server from another country! Its very easy and quick and gives me peace of mind that i am not being tracked or taken advantage of when going about my online business.
You can read more about this handy little program at the IPMasquerade website or check out some reviews at the links below:
See this review HERE!
And another HERE !
Stay safe online and wear your masq !
IPMasquerade : Surf anonymously!
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