Is your IP address discoverable on the internet ?

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This is a question you do not know so well what you have to think about it. That you can not talk about your privacy, if you are connected to the internet is something that most people understand.

But what’s the deal with the IP address that you get from your ISP ? If you have a decent ISP, it will keep most unwanted visitor out.

However, this is not completely closed. The solution is to place a decent router with a hardware-based firewall between the modem from your ISP. Here you have to pay particular attention to that you can disable the WAN in the router.

You can (will) ask the question, how can I test whether my IP address still get recognized on the Internet. Simply visit https://www.grc.com and click on the menu Services > Shields UP. Read the explanation and then click Proceed.

Now click on all service ports. From now on the secure program will tried in a safe manner if your IP address response to certain open ports (this may take a while).

If you get the result as you can see from my test, in the example, you can be assured that your IP address is not visible to unwanted visitors.

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Johan blomme lives in Belgium and has over 25 years experience in the IT world of Windows. His native language is Dutch. His daily activities are solving PC problems. This is usually done by remote controll to the customer. Configuring networks and related problems are also one of the tasks. He also designs websites. For the design he uses WordPress. All reviews are based on his own experience or are based on his own trying out the software / hardware.

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5 Comments

  1. Katy Pillman September 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I find getting ports closed means the consumer is worried. If you are worried that someone is going to ‘hack’ you, then you must have a reason to believe that. No human being will hack somebody, if they have no reason. There-for in most cases, you have some disliking you, and it is your fault for it. If you do not **** anyone off over the world-wide web, than you will be hacker-free. Keeping in mind there is one exception to this, which is for money. If you are rich, or are a business, than a hacker can hack for nothing your fault. That is the only exception, any other cases, the person being hacked needs to learn that not everyone is nice, especially if you are not nice to them.

  2. StandYourGround September 7, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    One of the best, if not the best way to secure your communications from hackers being the NSA or others, is to boot your computer using tails (live DVD) and setting Tor to no-scripts.

    Katy, read the documents that ex NSA employee Edward Snowden has released. The NSA and other government agencies are recording and storing everyones communications regardless of who you are. What I said above is the best way to encrypt your communications and change your IP and MAC address. The government hates when people use tails with Tor.

  3. Alex October 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Wow! Try using that argument with rape and see how far it gets you!

    That’s like saying ‘you were asking for it’ or ‘it serves you right’.

    [FYI I’m not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill here and I’m certainly not trying to compare rape (which is a heinous crime) with hacking. – They are two, totally different things.

    I am merely using it as a metaphor to illustrate your flawed argument which i disagree with. Just to clarify any misunderstanding, in advance.]

    Rgds.

  4. knutazz October 20, 2014 at 6:15 am

    You don’t necessarily need to use a hardware firewall for privacy protection of your public ip, there is also very-good software based firewalls such as pfSense and m0n0wall you can use also use, or even a basic Linux whit ip tabels will do the trick if you are low on money as all of these are free to use

    But if you have the money go for hardware based firewall. since dedicadet hardware do the job better than software

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