The Internet is an integral part of modern life, and it has many different aspects. In general, it consists of a network of interconnected computers that hosts a vast number of servers and allows users to access information quickly on the Internet. In some cases, data is sent across this network in digital packets through sound waves or electromagnetic signals. The user can perceive these forms when they enter their computer or mobile device with a browser and enter data into the correct site. The data is processed in this computer and then sent to another computer for further processing, where it is converted into another format and sent back to the original computer. This process is typically completed within milliseconds.
However, the world has also experienced some negative aspects of the Internet, such as cybercrimes, privacy issues, content piracy, and many others.
What is IP Spoofing?
IP spoofing is a network attack when a computer or device pretends to be a certain network source (e.g., home router) to gain unauthorized access. The attacker uses the victim’s computer or mobile app software and then makes it appear as if it is connected to the network it does not belong to (for example, their home network). When the victim accesses their internet connection from their computer or mobile device, such as a Gmail account or another online service, they will see content about topics that are not intended for them to see.
IP spoofing can occur when a person uses public Wi-Fi or someone else’s Wi-Fi. The user’s computer will connect to the Wi-Fi source, unaware that it is a spoofed network, and will receive the DNS error 80710102. Most of the time, a user may not notice this attack until after it has occurred. However, sometimes the attacker may send phishing emails or malware to the victim’s computer and make it appear as if the email is from a trusted sender (such as their bank). As soon as the victim opens this email, their computer connects to the attacker’s fake network to obtain information.
Most common IP Spoofing tools in 2022
In 2022, masking your IP address will be considered a matter of security or even crime. The most common tools are shown below, with links to the software if needed. This list is for informational purposes only.
These services hide your true location and route your traffic through different countries that have better privacy laws than you can get at home (or in prison). It also conceals the way you work and makes it harder for ad agencies or hackers to identify where you are located in their databases and consequently track you down or target personal information about you, e.g., local weather, where you are located, who you need to talk to, etc.
This is open-source software that routes your traffic through a virtual network of nodes that simulate a bunch of IP addresses at random. The software is designed for anonymity and privacy. It allows users to have their traffics encrypted and therefore viewed as originating from different countries or continents (depending on the IP address used).
Virtual Private Network (VPN)-
This service platform requires dedicated hardware or software to run on your machine, e.g., VPN router using IPv4/IPv6 address mapping, PPTP VPN, OpenVPN, etc.
This open-source tunneling protocol stands for Open Network Security. It enables its users to use the Internet with a high degree of security, privacy, and anonymity by creating secure point-to-point links through a virtual private network (VPN) among the VPN client and optionally one or more remote sites via the public Internet. It features high throughput, flexible configuration options, multiple remote sites support, and strong cryptography.
The first step to mask your IP address will be to visit Google, click on the “personal privacy” link under the settings section, then select the “save” option next to the “IP address” link marked with a green tick mark. This will ensure that Google doesn’t track your physical location, browsing history, and the devices you use to access this site.
This open-source initiative blocks all scripts on the current page, allowing only java, flash files, and trusted resources. It supports Adblock Plus filters and allows you to override blocked resources on a per-site basis. It protects users from XSS attacks and stops drive-by downloads while allowing whitelisted scripts to run.
This version of Firefox with additional security features such as a built-in Tor client and anonymity settings.
Ip spoofing is used to fool a system or service into believing it is communicating with another computer. Some examples of how this could be used include a hacker hijacking an account by tricking social media platforms into thinking they are sending and receiving messages from the target, or a hacker gaining access to a computer network by sending packets with the same source and destination addresses, effectively being invisible and not discovered.
Spoofing is also used to protect a system as well. A type of spoofing is done by network managers who monitor network traffic. This monitoring is done through a process called ARP spoofing, where the manager will send bogus ARP messages to gain access to network traffic while remaining undetected.