Something I planned to post about and always had something else to say concerns the topic of “Operational Security.”
Specifically I’m talking about keeping your personal information private while on the Internet. Most of the time this is probably not a big issue. One commenter just put out a hyper link for a Troll Web site (HXXP://www.copyrightdefenselawyer.com – Warning don’t go to it until reading the rest). ** Note: I edited the address so someone doesn’t accidentally click on it. This is good information, but going to such a site without a little protection is foolish in my opinion. Why?
Depending on how savoy the Troll is (Greed is a big motivator), they may obtain your IP address. For most people this is a big “Who cares.” If you are a John Doe and your public IP address hasn’t changed since the Troll collected it, he may be able to cross-reference it to a list of IP addresses for his cases. This shows him who is concerned enough to be looking at his Web site. Trolls may put their Web site on their “settlement” letter or email, hoping you will read their propaganda. Yes Mr. Troll, I call it propaganda – you are not “Fair and Balanced” and your true motives are greed.
So what is one way to safely (non-attributable IP address) view such a site?
Tor is an encryption tool that can help you protect the confidentiality of your communications. Tor is a free, relatively easy to use tool primarily designed to protect your anonymity online. But it also has the side benefit of encrypting your communications for some of their journey across the Internet.
I like Vidalia, a graphical controller for TOR – https://www.torproject.org/projects/vidalia.html.en
Here is what I get when using TOR and going to Whatismyip.com. This is a TOR exit node and NOT my true IP address. To make sure, place the IP address in a Whois lookup (this one was ARIN).
ARIN Look-up results –
The same general safety concerns should be used on any emails you receive or when posting to an unfriendly or questionable site or blog – Also DO NOT click on any unknown links.
I hope this been somewhat helpful to someone out there. Take care. 😉