How to Get Secured in the Internet

In these turbulent times it is difficult to underestimate the importance of security and privacy in the Internet activities. Today, when the Internet is part of our everyday life, people start thinking more seriously about keeping their private or business online activities protected from data interception, monitoring, ISP service block/limitations and hackers’ attacks. The thinking majority of Internet users care about security and privacy in surfing, sharing files, downloading, sending emails, etc.


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    Take care about your computer safety first of all. Begin with the hard drives data protection – a free tool BestCrypt [] allows encrypting your entire hard drive, including the operating system area, not only selected folders. This would guarantee that only the PC owner could access all the data on a PC. Avoid utilities “hiding” your folders. Using these tools you can hide something from your kids only (and not in all cases).
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    Another important point to take care of would be defending your computer from viruses. It is an integral part of the efforts to protect your online privacy. Failing to protect your computer from viruses and network attacks can result in serious damages for your business and privacy. There is a number of firewalls and antivirus programs available. Avast [] can make an efficient option. It is free for personal use.
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    When your PC or laptop is protected, you can use one of anonymizing services Anonymous proxy server [1], Anonymize net [2], or similar to secure your IP address making it invisible for the outside world. The main idea of such anonymizing service is that you pass your Internet traffic, you wish to make anonymous, to them, and they will pass it to the destination using their own IP addresses. Most of such services are paid up and the experience shows that free services are unreliable and suitable for occasional use only.
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    Anonymizing services will allow you to protect your Internet connections from monitoring and ISP block/limitations. You will not leave trails with your IP address in web server logs, chat room logs, peer-to-peer file sharing systems, newsgroups, mail servers, mailing lists, etc., any longer. No trails – no tracking.
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    Anonymizing provides protection for all Internet activities with the exception of sending e-mail messages, which use a special protocol (way of sending Internet traffic).
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    The main point when sending email messages anonymously and securely is the opportunity to use the address of your choice, which would not lead back to you. Another important point is sending the messages securely via a special tunnel, which cannot be snooped. If all these conditions are met, your e-mail messages will be delivered intact with no trails pointing to you (unlike popular services of Google, Yahoo and similar, which keep your IP address). An example of secure email can be found at MuteMail
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    If you have Internet presence you may think about offshore hosting for your domains as well as it does not matter where in the Internet your sites are located and offshore hosts allow more freedom and security for users.


  • AnonIC [3] is a free resource for those in need of online Internet privacy consultations. The aim of this site is to educate Internet users to protect their privacy at little or no cost. The authors explain basic concepts of Internet security and anonymity, today’s protection technologies, provide tips on choosing security software. This site has been written by professionals to help an average Internet user with no computer education to understand the threats he/she is facing when using the Internet and explain how to deal with them.
  • If you utilize a proxy as recommended you may very well have to enter some additional settings for many of your programs such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.

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