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Internet Safety

Good Morning! Not another draft post, but Me! Alive and well in sunny and HOT southern California. I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday and Monday if you are in Oz. I’ve been out doing yard work this morning and that’s usually when my thoughts kick into overdrive and I got to thinking about how safe we are on the internet.

Back around April-May of 2017 I was back and forth out to my dad’s trying to get things ready for the estate sale so we could give the house back to the mortgage company. (They had a reverse mortgage.) And on one of those days, not sure which, I came home and my son tells me, “We’ve got to change our IP address.”

“Why?’ I asked.

“Because someone is using our IP address.”

“How do you know?”

“Because an error popped up saying, “Windows has detected an IP address conflict. Another computer on this network has the same IP address as this computer.”

We contacted TWC/Spectrum and was told that you can’t change your IP address, but you can change your username and password.

There could be different reasons that this message would come up. Another computer in the same house as you is one reason. Or somebody could have hacked you. Or the government has got its eye on you! Oh, my. Haha.

It’s a scary thought if someone has hacked your IP address. They can get your information. They could be using it for illegal things, such as buying and selling drugs or weapons. And how do you prove it wasn’t you?

According to PC World,

What to do if someone steals your IP address | PCWorld

“Neither your ISP nor anyone else can actually tell what you are doing on the Internet. But they can follow the activity of your public IP addressthe one your router uses to access the Internet. And if someone else uses that address for unsavory purposes, you could become a prime suspect.Mar 16, 2015″
Now that’s scary!
Now if the government is spying on you, do they have to get a court order?
The reason I brought this up today is that when I went to log on this morning, first my internet was down and when I reset my modem, I got that message.
How do we protect ourselves? First off, shut down your computer and rest your modem again. Make your passwords difficult and from there, I haven’t a clue.
We use the internet for just about everything, nowadays. We do our banking, we pay our bills, we purchase goods, and our social lives are hardly ever in person anymore.
So there are all kinds of articles that you can find on Google giving advice as to what to do.
https://www.google.com/search?q=someone+is+using+your+ip+address&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS725US725&oq=someone+is+using+your&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.16218j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Okay, that’s it for now. Time to get back out to that yard work!

Till next time, HUGS!

 

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