You must have heard about the dangers of using a public network which is considered as the most vulnerable network. Attacks and data breaches are not just limited to public networks but also highly protected networks that get compromised by the cruel black hat hackers. 

To avoid such unauthorized entities entering your network you can simply set up a firewall that will not only secure your network but also help you to safeguard your organization’s confidential data.

Add IP Address in Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall can be configured to allow individual IP addresses. Below are the details:

1) On the Start menu, click ‘Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

2) Open the start menu and navigate to Windows FireWall then click Advanced Security.

3) The “Advanced” option is available on the side menu.

4)A new window will appear and on the side menu bar click on the option Inbound Rules.

5) In this step, on the right side, you’ll see an option Actions in that list click on the option New Rule. The fireWall will show you the New Inbound Rule Wizard.

6) Now, in the new window screen, you’ll need to select the option custom and then click the next button.

7) Now, you’ll see an option scope.

8) Now, you’ll need to add your IP address and for saving the settings click ok.

This is a guide on how to add an IP address to the Windows firewall.

Protect your IP address with a VPN

Three tools to hide your IP address are mentioned below; each offers its blend of privacy, security, and practicality.

1. Use a VPN

With a VPN, your browsing traffic is encrypted and hidden from ISPs and the third parties receiving data. The result: You’ll be able to access content that would otherwise be blocked by these organizations. They’re a popular privacy solution, so VPN providers have made it easy to use as well.

To hide and secure IP address, simply download and install a VPN app such as ExpressVPN, Nord, SurfShark, etc. Once installed, open the app and  connect your device to a desired server which will mask your IP address and will also encrypt your session on the internet.

How Does A VPN Hide Your IP?

Your IP address is hidden when you use a VPN. The traffic for the device travels through the VPN server and reaches its destination under another, the virtual IP address assigned by that VPN.

Your VPN provider is the only one who can see your actual IP address, so choose a trusted VPN service that has a strong privacy policy and won’t keep logs on your activity.

A VPN (or Virtual Private Network) is an effective and secure way to mask your IP address. It will hide from internet service providers,  schools, employers, and any other entity on your network. And we never keep track of sites you visit, apps you use, or content you view when connected with our VPN.

2. The Tor Browser

Tor is a volunteer-run, free network that disguises your identity via multiple encryption layers. Tor can be accessed through the free Tor Browser. Your Internet traffic is relayed and encrypted by three relay nodes, each of which decrypts one layer of protection on its way to the last node before it’s decrypted and sent to its destination.

The Tor relay system encrypts your traffic with a series of nodes but is also slower for web browsing. When you compare a VPN and Tor, you’ll find that while Tor is useful to some individuals such as whistleblowers or political dissidents, VPNs tend to get the job done quicker and easier.

IP Hiding Mechanism of Tor Browser

When using Tor, your traffic only gets passed between a few nodes of the network. As soon as you disconnect from Tor, these nodes lose all knowledge of who you are. Even if someone tried to intercept the encrypted data before it reaches its final destination, they would not be able to tell which node it originated from.

3. Use a proxy

There are different types of proxy servers. A proxy server handles your internet traffic, forwarding requests and then receiving responses from other servers. If you want to use a certain type of proxy server, you may need to manually adjust the settings on your device before it can find and contact the proxy.

Unlike a VPN, most proxies will not encrypt your traffic and they won’t hide your IP address from those who can spy on the traffic. Free proxy servers, as opposed to VPNs, tend to be less reliable. That’s why proxies should only be used for temporary situations instead of long-term privacy plans.

Wrapping UP

Adding a safe IP address and protecting it from intruders who can get into your network and can steal a lot of confidential information. Setting up a firewall, usage of VPN/ proxies and Tor browsers must be a part of your daily work routine if you deal with classified data. By following the above practices you can restrict the hacker and unauthorized people from getting into your system.