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Hello, i'm pretty new to this :D

I'm not sure if this is in the correct area but hopefully someone can help...

I recently recieved a letter telling me off for sharing a file i did not know i was sharing on the internet. Basically i'd downloaded it and didn't realise that the folder it downloads to gets shared as well. :oops:

Since then i have researched into ip blocking, i use a program called protowall that keeps me pretty safe at the mo. However to be more secure is there a way to hide your IP address? Or make it look like something else. I like things for free as most of you probably do so i'd rather have a freebie tool that does it for me. Any Ideas???

Thanks in advance

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Quote:
Hello, i'm pretty new to this


ooh, the irony!
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lol

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As a general rule, it is decidedly possible to hide your IP address from a large number of mischievous people by not using softwares like Kazaa that promotes illegal file sharing.
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http://www.privatenavigator.com/GetAnon ... ddress.asp

http://www.bigwebmaster.com/1676.htm

http://www.stayinvisible.com/index.pl/home

http://www.programurl.com/complete-anon ... urfing.htm

http://www.leave-me-alone.com/Anonymous.htm

You need to use a proxy of some sort. good software that works for hiding your IP in IE.

http://www.netadjust.com/

I use Ghost Surf if i need to go off the beaten track.
provides an anonymous, encrypted Internet connection and erase traces of your surfing to Department of Defense standards.

My younger brother gave it to me,so thats what i use,if I feel
I am going to have a problem.

I've been on the internet since the start of it.
and pretty much follow a normal routine.and
don't give it a thought..problem is when you
start having to go threw proxy's and software,
thats just one more thing to slow you down.
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I merged the two posts into one.

xpert - just a suggestion, but you might want to consider a different avatar. I think using Microsoft's trademarks is a no-no.
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I think its ok if its for non commercial use o_O See http://www.neowin.net although they do mention a disclaimer at the bottom.
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You can hide your IP address by way of a proxy server. There are (literally) thousands of free open proxies to choose from, just do a google search.

Word of warning though... while doing this can affectively hide your IP, it won't make you inapproachable. That is, using a proxy, the remote logs and IP displays will show the IP of the proxy and not you, but if you're sharing something, hiding your IP won't help that.

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Instead of a proxy server, you could also set up a hardware firewall that can be used as a router. Are you trying to surf anonymously or just keep things from reaching your computer? SPI and NAT can effectively hide your IP enough to surf relatively free, but if you open a hole with any file sharing program your nixing the whole security of the NAT ans SPI.
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yup.

The simple fact is, if you actually choose to share something, there really isn't anything you can do to mask it. After all, why share something if your not planning on, you know... sharing it.

If you're worried about security, don't use file sharing programs!

I'm in no way an advocate of downloading music illegally, but, in the interests of internet security... don't use filesharing networks, use newsgroups. You can download whole albums, individual songs, anything you want, assuming your news service provider makes those groups available, of course. Most ISP offer NNTP, but they may limit the actual groups they make available. There are cheap services that make it all availble, and some are really pretty good. I just use my ISPs newgroups since I'm not downloading music or porn with it (there's plenty of that too, if your into that sort of thing).

Grabit is a good reader (the one I use). It works for me, but there are probably better free readers out there. I haven't looked lately.

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Carnix,

Quote:
... don't use filesharing networks, use newsgroups.


Do you know of any free good fast news servers?
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No, not any free ones. To be honest, I haven't really researched it much myself. I use my ISP's service, which works fine for me (BellSouth), but like I said, I'm not downloading big files. A good friend of mine pays, I think, $8 a month for some newsgroup service through which he downloads insane amounts of music... Many complete albums a day, nearly every day. He has, litterally, hundreds of GB of music across a couple hard drives. He's been eyeing the terabyte standalone drive Dell is selling for just under a grand =]

According to him, you can find any song you can think of if you look hard enough, and unlike p2p networks where sources come and go, the source is always there once a message it posted.

Because it's a pay service, they have searchable historical archives... it's also a fully web-based system, so you don't need an NNTP newsreader apparently (not sure how that works, exactly...). They apparently cache the entiretly of the newsgroups onto their own systems, which speeds up downloads and access times for their subscribers. To be honest, I know little about it myself since it's not really something I pay attention to more than to know it exists.

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Cool, What service does he use??
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I don't remember off the top of my head. I'll ask him and get back to you on that.

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Thankyou all for your replies...

I know of public proxies that can hide your ip address, but is there a way to do this by some sort of software for your pc?

I don't want to have to buy a router

thanks

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Most software is never free, not to mention the load it can put on your CPU, most routers (4 port wired) would run you about 30 bucks, even less if you look to the Sunday ads...
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Ok mate,

do you mask your ip address? what do you use?

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Two thoughts,
One: If your trying to hide your IP for non endorsed matters, ie sending viri and malicious matters...I can't help you, not too many will.
Two: If your trying to hide it to secure yourself, using a router with SPI and or NAT enabled will be sufficient to protect your computer, as long as you have:
A. Changed the admin password
B. Not given the name of your computer/network out to anyone
C. Are not sharing any applications ie AIM, filesharing, etc...

What I do is to use a NAT enabled routher with SPI running on a wireless network with an access point of four computers for home use. I also have the security (WEP) enabled to keep nosy neighbors out. I do not use filesharing products, once that happens you allow a hole in your security

Maybe letting people know "Why" or "What" you need specifically could help them point you in the right direction...

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:oops: i'm new to this
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No. Your machine's IP is what identifies it to external systems. Your ISP will assign you an IP (static or DHCP, either way, you're ISP has assigned it to you). This you can't change, or you ISP will lose track of you. The only way around that is to NAT on your local network (then, you're router will still have the IP assigned by the ISP, with defeats the purpose of hiding your IP from outside sources) or you can use a proxy to change your IP on its way out as seen from the destination server you're making requests of.

The thing is, the remote server has to know a valid IP for you, or it won't be able to send responses back to you, and valid IPs have to be properly assigned throughout the path you took. So, if this is the path:

Your Machine -> Router A -> Router B -> Destination.

A B and Destination, all three must agree on what your IP is, or the packets will be lost.


So, your only option, to actually eliminate the effective traceback is to use a proxy:

Your Machine -> Proxy -> Router A -> Router B -> Destination.

This way, A, B and Desitination think your IP is X (they all agree it's X) but the Proxy knows it's really Y.

For better protection, you can proxy hop, but that's something that isn't appropriate for these forums, so I won't get into that. =]

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Just do a search for (software to hide my IP ) after about the first 60
pages ,you'll get the idea there is PLENTY.
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k.lite comes w/ an ip blocker, only thing is its dead
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XPert wrote:
Ok mate,

do you mask your ip address? what do you use?

XPert


Use this software

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Here is an idea why don't you actually pay for stuff instead of stealing it from these file sharing programs. Then you won't have to worry about trying to hide things.
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My friend has a program that his dad got from the company he works for, which will be kept a secret. He told me that 'VM Ware' is like a "Virtual Computer" and its a program installed in your computer, he uses it mainly because of spyware, but he said it has a different IP address, altogether, than your computer. So I'm just informing you guys of it.
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Vm Ware is just a program to run multiple virtual machines/OSs. It wouldn't change your IP address because the physical NIC would have the same MAC across the board in any OS.

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