Data scraping is defined by Wikipedia as a process in which a computer program removed data from human readable output that is coming from a separate program. IP address privacy is one way to prevent valuable, personal data from being extracted by a web scraping tool. The truth is, the internet is growing. While in 2000 there were only 361 million internet users, today there are more than that on Facebook alone. The more people that have access to the internet, and use it regularly, the less safe the internet becomes.
If the ip address of a computer is stolen, the information on that computer or sent over that computer can be accessed. Luckily, there are a number of ways to ensure ip address privacy. Some include using an ip rotator, another is a software that helps to hide ip addresses. Another way is to use anti tracking software, which were expected to grow from 17 million to 28 million users by this past January.
IP addresses can be made static, which means the address of the computer is always the same no matter what, or dynamic, which causes the address to change every time the system is turned on. The latter can help prevent web data mining, but is not a perfect solution. What is done over the internet can reveal a large amount of private information including private content, credit card information and what were ever accessed on the computer. Going online without ip address privacy software greatly increases the chance of being hacked because it exposes the ip address giving anyone the ability to track what has been done on the computer.
IP address privacy is especially important for business. It is possible that low ip address privacy will allow competitors access to sensitive company assets and information. Being able to hack directly into the computer with access to the ip address could allow the possibility for irreversible or company ruining damage.
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