Magazine article Security Management

Worth a Look: Web Browsing under Wraps

Magazine article Security Management

Worth a Look: Web Browsing under Wraps

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NEXT TIME YOU'RE SURFING the Internet, do a search using the phrase, "What is my IP address?" You'll reach a number of sites that will display the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer or your company's router. Using this number, you can then perform a who-is search that will display your company's name, Internet service provider, physical address, and even the name, telephone number, and e-mail address of your system administrator.

Now consider the fact that your IP address is visible to any Web site you visit--and so, therefore, are each of those details about you or your organization. Even worse, Web sites (and the advertisements featured on them) can track each of your visits and build a profile of your surfing behavior. This may help make it clear why blocking or obfuscating your real IP address might not be a bad idea.

Anonymizer Anonymous Surfing prevents Web sites from collecting data from your visits because it creates an encrypted tunnel between your computer and the Anonymizer network while you surf; then, any page you visit will see Anonymizer's IP address, not yours. The software installs after a quick download and can be used with either Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. …

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