Monthly Archives: January 2010

Introducing Gold Pass Service

In an effort to provide our customers with better, quality locations for IP addresses, Hide My IP and My Privacy Tools, Inc., are pleased and proud to announce the unveiling of Hide My IP “Gold Pass” Services.

The Hide My IP Gold Pass is your international passport to access any location. You can try the Gold Pass for 5 days for only $4.45 USD if you are an existing Premium subscriber. Some of our recently added locations for Gold Pass holders only now include Sydney, Australia; Santiago De Compostela, Spain and Marco, Italy.

Gold Locations are carefully hand-picked so that we may offer the very best service possible. They are often hard to obtain or have increased costs associated with them and therefore can only be accessed via a Gold Pass.

For Hide My IP users without the Premium Service, the 5-Day Gold Pass is a great way to try out the Gold locations, which include all Premium locations as well.

For more information about Gold Pass, visit this link: Hide My IP Gold Pass.

Hide-My-IP.com and My Privacy Tools, Inc., reserve the right to change the number of IP’s made available throughout our system as well as the right to change the country and/or city location of those IP’s at any time. This information has been posted on our Forum since February 13, 2008. You can view the post at this link.

You’re Password Lazy

And you’ll probably pay for that some day.

In a recent article in News.Com.Au Imperva, a data security firm, analyzed approximately 32 million (that’s 32 with 6 zero’s after it) passwords that were exposed as a result of a hack attack on the RockYou website. They found the following to be the Top 10 Most Common Passwords:

1. 123456
2. 12345
3. 123456789
4. Password
5. iloveyou
6. princess
7. rockyou *
8. 1234567
9. 12345678
10. abc123

* Note: this list was sourced from the RockYou website.

In an article by UB-News.com they noted that Twitter has banned 370 words as passwords for being “too obvious.” Included on that Twitter list are “123456” and “password.”

And peoples’ habits haven’t changed over the years. Just about 3 years ago, PC Magazine named these as the 10 Most Common Passwords:

1. password
2. 123456
3. qwerty
4. abc123
5. letmein
6. monkey
7. myspace1
8. password1
9. link182
10. (your first name)

In commenting upon the amazing weakness of the passwords pilfered at the RockYou site, ITproportal had this to say:

Unfortunately, only a mere 0.2 percent users – that’s one of every 500 users – of the website were found to have what could be considered as strong passwords, containing combination of symbols, and alphanumeric characters.”

Again, a word to the wise: don’t be “password lazy” or you’ll pay a dear price for it, sooner or later.

Hide My IP v5 Released! New for 2010

Hello,

Hide My IP v5.0 (newly released for 2010) is the most user friendly edition of the Hide My IP series ever produced.

– Major interface changes and improvements to make the program easier to use and understand and reduce problem occurrences.
– Major fixes and bug eradication causing an entirely new, streamlined performance for the software and your system
– Major upgrades to the v5.0 will result in a v5.5 to be released later this year.
– As a v5.0 customer you will have full, free access to all upgrade releases of v5.0 +
– More frequent, free software updates in order to keep up with a rapidly changing internet
– Hide-My-IP.com and My Privacy Tools, Inc. is the industry leader in privacy tools and our ever-adapting software issues and upgrades are the reason why.
– And, of course, there are always more available IP’s for each new release, and major upgrade, of Hide My UP.

Hide IP software is not complicated to install or to run. With Hide My IP v5.0, installation is simple and once installed, click the “Hide My IP” button on the face of the software and you’re good-to-go!

– No need to change browser settings
– No need to alter any of your system settings
– No need to change router or WiFi settings
– No need to modify any other programs already installed in your computer

Install it; click the Hide My IP button; nothing more to do. Your IP is now hidden!

Included in the latest release of Hide My IP v5.0:

– 128-Bit SSL Connection Encryption
– Improved Location Selection
– IP Randomization with SmartSwitch
– Supports All Web Browsers
– Enhanced Privacy Tools
– Hot Keys for Common Tasks
– Select IP Country And City (with Premium Service)
– Event Logging
– Increased Performance And Compatibility
– Dozens of More IP Addresses

Hide My IP Features explained:
128-Bit SSL Encryption – Stop your ISP or boss from spying on you, secure encryption for all your internet activity to protect your online privacy. Perfect for public WiFi hot spots!

Improved Location Selection – Premium users can now select states/cities within the United States. More of our countries may have provinces to choose from in the future!

SmartSwitch – Tired of changing your IP and getting a very similar IP that changed by only one number? With SmartSwitch Hide My IP 2009 will attempt to greatly randomize your fake IPs.

Supports All Browsers – Form Google Chrome to Lolifox, Hide My IP 2009 supports them all! If your preferred web browser isn’t listed here, let us know.

Enhanced Privacy Tools – Cloak your User Agent and Referrer Header, with Cookie Crumble 2009 you can even block all cookies while hiding your IP.

Hot Keys – Change, hide, show your IP and more all with the stroke of a few keys from within any program.

Event Logging – Turned off by default, this advanced feature allows you to log the fake IPs you receive. This log is automatically cleared when you disable IP History or close Hide My IP.

Increased Stability and Performance – Hide My IP 2009 is more stable and reliable then ever. An improved auto update engine will always keep your software up to date.

More IP Addresses – Dozens of new IPs released with the latest version of Hide My IP.

Order Hide My IP v5 here.
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Behavioral Targeting: They Know You!

Behavioral targeting is a simple concept and works like this: When you visit a web site, the site makes money when it sells advertising space on its site. That advertiser puts a cookie on your computer (or a web bug, or both) and makes a note of what articles or things on the site interests you.

When you move on to another site, that advertiser’s cookie stays in your browser with the information it just collected on you. When you have moved on to the next site that uses that same advertiser, the new site you just arrived at “sees” you’ve been looking up articles, or clicking advertisements, and then you’ll see ads about the very things that interested you in the previous web site that advertiser was also on.

Somehow, we are told, that we (the consumer-surfer) somehow benefit from this situation. I’m still not sure how.

What is stored on that cookie that is tracking your behavior on the Internet? Well, your real IP address for one thing (if you don’t have it masked). The cookie can also contain anything it wants, or is capable of collecting, from your computer surfing habits.

Advertisers can also take it a step further with ISP-based targeting. Here, advertisers will purchase from your Internet Service Provider your behavioral data from the very ISP you’re paying in order to gain access to the Internet. The ISP is making money off of you for accessing the Internet, and then it again makes money off of you by selling your behavior characteristics it has recorded to the advertising company.

Are there are laws or even ethical standards that have been written to oversee this invasion of your privacy? No.

In the meantime, the best you can do is:

1. Hide your real IP address at all times (this will reduce the amount of behavioral advertising thrown at you)
2. Always delete your cookies after each visit to a commercial web site
3. Never open email from someone you don’t know
4. Never open email from some place you didn’t ask for it to be sent
5. Never purchase anything on line from any company unless you have first checked their Privacy Policy

If you’re concerned about protecting yourself and your family, you’ll need to be ever vigilent when surfing the Internet.

Don’t let your life become an open book on the Internet.

Am I Spamming Myself?

Ever receive spam mail that got by your anti-virus/spam protection program? And then you see that the spam comes from your own email address! Or, at least, it looks like it does.

Hold on, don’t worry. It really didn’t work that way.

The spammers used a fake version of your email address. They do this to try to fool your Internet Service Provider (ISP); your anti-virus/spam protection program and your ISP’s email server that the emails are “legitimate.” After all, they’re coming from you, right?

They’re really not, but that is the intention of the spammers, to fool those programs into thinking that.

Spammers will use some type of software, hardware or service to automatically include your email address in the “From” line. But it never really came from you.

It is not necessarily a security breach in each instance. And it is more likely than not that the same spam email you received was also received by others who were looking at their own email address in the “From” line, not your email address.

And even though that email looks like it came from you and you’re absolutely certain that you always have something brilliant to say, don’t open that email. Delete it.

Don’t let your curiosity about that email ruin your day (and possibly your computer).