Time after time, I’ve seen happy excited posts in forums from people anouncing that they are on the first page of Google for something. And of course, they aren’t.
Google customises its search results to try and find the ‘best’ results for you. It looks at search history (cookies, your gmail account), your location, any saved preferences (for example, when logged in to google -e.g. through Gmail, blogspot you can ‘rank’ search results). This means google.co.uk may bring back different results to google.co.nz and when you are signed in to Google, it will bring up your pages first – because you visit them a lot.
The BEST way to check your Google rank, and to find out if you are first on google or fiftieth, is to search without cookies or Gmail account, no memory or personalisation, and no customising to your location. This is a pain to do manually – delete cookies, log out, fresh browser, different computer, and you still can’t be sure.
What you need is Scroogle.
People who hardly pay serious attention on the kind of service they use on the internet are either ignorant of some factors or just do not feel convinced enough on why they should use a paid service. There are two major kinds of services available for people who want to change or hide their IP addresses while online. These are the free proxy websites and the paid IP changing software. For anyone who is not too familiar with either of the two services, below are the reasons why a user must look carefully before making his choice.
Security is a major reason why you want to change your IP or use a proxy website, free proxy server do not have the capacity to offer a thorough security for its users. There are reports of free proxy sites acting as tools for hackers and identity thieves to steal information that belongs to users. I cannot imagine how a free proxy site could possibly provide a top class security for users when they do not have the resources to do so.
The paid “hide my ip address” software is different and offers its service with state of the art tools that protect valuable information of users. Furthermore, this software cancels any limitation to full internet access for users, working within the system and providing safe and confidence inspired internet usage.
Users also need to know that a website that is here today and off tomorrow does not create the kind of confidence users need. Using free proxy website does not allow for confidence and continuity because they are off and on. Paid IP changing software depends on the patronage of its users, hence makes it a point of duty to always be there when users come calling.
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Among a variety of computer security issues, IP Spoofing remains as one of the more dangerous for Internet browsers. Learn what IP Spoofing is and what you can do to protect yourself from a hijacked website and identity theft.
There are many dangers in the online world that make surfing the web a perilous journey for the uninitiated. Among the most common dangers are viruses, Trojan horses, commercial fraud, and identity theft. One particular danger for online web users involves the undetected redirection of an Internet browser from one site to another.
A Definition of IP Spoofing
IP Spoofing, sometimes known as IP Address Forgery or Host Hijacking, is a method of hijacking browsers by redirecting the Internet user to a fraudulent website. The perpetrator of an IP Spoof is called a cracker because he/she must have the ability to crack several networks in order to perpetrate this crime.
Website spoofing is the technique of hijacking a website, removing the owner’s content, and replacing it with some other content. The cracker could be a disgruntled consumer, ex-employee, or someone completely unrelated to the owner of the website. Often, the cracker will replace the owner’s website content with something vulgar or distasteful to attract media attention and tarnish the owner’s or business’ reputation.
IP Spoofing is a bit different from Website Spoofing although typically the same motivation applies. Instead of hijacking the owner’s website and replacing its content, the cracker instead hijacks the website’s IP address and redirects the Internet browser to an unintended destination. The destination may contain the vulgar content discussed above or it may be a replication of the original owner’s website in an attempt to gain sensitive information like passwords or credit card numbers from an unsuspecting victim.
How IP Spoofing Works
Without getting too technical, an IP Spoof works something like this. An Internet user types in some address in the address bar of his/her Internet browser. Let’s say, for example, that the user wants to go to a bank’s website to check a checking account balance.
The cracker, who has hijacked the IP address of the bank, redirects the Internet user to another site. Again, this site may contain distasteful content such as nude pictures but often the spoofed site will contain a replica of the bank’s website. The Internet user, not aware that he/she did not arrive at the website he/she intended to visit, innocently types in a user name and password that the cracker may gather from the victim to be used for identity theft purposes.
Protecting Yourself from IP Spoofing
IP Spoofing is difficult to detect but there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. First, many web browsers give a quick “click” whenever the user surfs to a website or the user is redirected to another site. If your browser clicks many times in a row, a cracker may be redirecting you from site to site to cover his/her tracks. If you suspect IP Spoofing, close your browser immediately and contact the owner of the site.
Second, look for clues on a website that give telltale signs that the website you are viewing is not the real one. Look for misspellings, drawn out and nonsense sentences, and any feature of the site that look unprofessional. This is especially true of banks and other financial services websites. Many times the cracker lives in a foreign country and doesn’t have a good grasp of the English language. It’s unlikely that a bank, for example, would display an unprofessional appearance so this is a red flag to alert you to a possible IP Spoof and identity theft attempt.
IP Spoofing and IP Address Forgery are but some of the many dangers surfing the Internet. Spoofing of this kind can lead to identity theft and other crimes perpetrated on an unsuspecting victim. If you suspect that the website you are viewing is fraudulent, close your browser and double check with the website owner. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to identity theft.
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Nearly ten years after I started writing my first book, the Tao of Network Security Monitoring, I’m pleased to announce that I just signed a contract to write a new book for No Starch titled Network Security Monitoring in Minutes.
From the book proposal:
Network Security Monitoring in Minutes provides the tactics, techniques, and procedures for maximum enterprise defense in a minimum amount of time.
Network Security Monitoring (NSM) is the collection, analysis, and escalation of indications and warnings to detect and respond to intrusions. Network Security Monitoring in Minutes teaches information technology and security staff how to leverage powerful NSM tools and concepts immediately.
Using open source software and vendor-neutral methods, the author applies lessons he first began applying to military networks in 1998. After reading this book, the audience will be able to integrate the same winning approaches to better defend his or her company’s data and networks.
Network Security Monitoring in Minutes is an important book because nearly all organizations operate a network. By connecting to the Internet, they expose their intellectual property, trade secrets, critical business processes, personally identifiable information (PII), and other sensitive information to attackers worldwide. Without the network level vigilance provided by this book, organizations will continue to be victimized for months, and in many cases years, before learning they have been breached.
This book consists of the following chapters:
Chapter 1, Network Security Monitoring Rationale, explains why NSM matters and help readers gain the support needed to deploy NSM in their environment.
Chapter 2, Accessing Network Traffic, addresses the challenges and solutions surrounding physical access to network traffic.
Chapter 3, Sensor Deployment and Configuration, introduces Security Onion (SO), and explains how readers can install the software on spare hardware to gain an initial NSM capability at low or no cost.
Chapter 4, Tool Overview, guides the reader through the core SO tool set, focusing on those capabilities most likely to help handle digital intrusions.
Chapter 5, Network Security Monitoring Operations, shares the author’s experience building and leading a global Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), such that readers can apply those lessons to their own operations.
Chapter 6, Server-Side Compromise, is the first NSM case study, wherein readers will learn how to apply NSM principles to identify and validate a compromise of an Internet-facing application.
Chapter 7, Client-Side Compromise, is the second NSM case study, offering readers an example of a user being victimized by a client-side attack. NSM data will again identify and validate the compromise, prompting efficient incident response.
The Conclusion extends NSM principles beyond the enterprise into hosted and Cloud settings, offering future options for those environments.
The Appendix discusses tools that are not open source, but which may be helpful to those conducting NSM operations.
My goal is to finish this short book (roughly 220 pages) in time for publication at Black Hat this summer. Thank you to Pearson/Addison-Wesley for giving me the flexibility to write this complementary NSM book, and to No Starch for signing me to their publishing house.
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