Interwebing for the Skeptic

First Post! :D

Let’s be honest. Most people have no idea how their computer works… Questions like “What are cookies?”, “How do i make my computer faster”, or “How do I know if I’ve been hacked” are FAQ for persons who think the internet is some virtual back-alley filled with strangers trying to steal their information. If you’re one of those people, don’t panic. Everyone in the world from the greatest hacker to your own grandma had to start somewhere. Now, there are people out there looking for information to steal, be it username/passwords, account information, anything you’re hiding really. SO I’ve assembled a couple programs that will educate the new internet user. Also don’t be afraid to ask google for help. :)

Make sure you are protected

If you’re using a mac, MacOSX comes standard with an antivirus (XProtect) that scans downloads for malicious software. If you’re using Windows, they have a Windows Defender program that does about the same thing. BUT if you want something a little more concrete for the safety of your PC and harder for threats to enter your computer you might want to download an externally sourced malware protector:

  • Malwarebytes is an anti-malware software for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Android OS that finds and removes malware.
  • Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational security software company that provides antivirus software, Internet Security, Privacy, Identity and Performance tools

Now, Im sure you’re thinking “Hey, what if i use my incognito browser all the time! It doesn’t save cookies, history, and basially makes me an interghost! Unfortunately that’s not the case. Incognito mode is certainly a good way to ensure that other people using your computer can’t see what websites you’ve been on. It’s true that if you’re in an Incognito window, all history and tracking cookies are deleted, but ONLY from your Google Chrome repository. It doesn’t stop your operating system, your router, or the websites themselves from logging that you’re there. When streaming content, whether you’re in Incognito mode or not, you open yourself up to data storing, and this mode does not hide your IP address, meaning that information such as your location, your operating system and even your physical address might still be seen.

Turning off Data Storage:

  • The problem with turning off data storage is that the protection doesn’t go any further than your PC. Your IP address is still available on the traffic list for all the websites you don’t want people to see that you’ve been on.

How to mask your IP Address

Your best bet to masking your IP address is to use one of the VPN (Virtual Private Network) networks available for on the internet. Most of them will try to charge you for it but you can find some free ones (or trial) with a little bit of sniffing around. Here’s some I found.


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