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Protecting IP addresses on the Internet

How can I protect my personal IP address while on the Internet? I am currently using Windows XP Professional with DSL service.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by protecting your IP address. If you want to be able to visit Web sites without them knowing your IP address, you can use a proxy service. Companies like Anonymizer sell services to offer this type of protection. You can also search Google for "anonymous proxy" and find other similar sites.

If you're looking for a way to protect your computer from attacks while connected to the Internet, you should use antivirus software and a firewall. Windows XP includes a firewall called the Internet Connection Firewall. This Microsoft article includes an overview of personal firewall options.

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