Can a VPN, which hides my IP address, help to stop my computer being hacked?

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Do programs such as VPN which scramble the originating IP address help to deter computer hacks?

It would reason that if cyber criminals could not locate the IP address then it might cut down on maliciously coded email.

  • coyote
    See my answer (saying here because it should notify you of a comment). I might add something I didn’t touch upon: VPNs have their uses but they can also be a false sense of security. You also have to trust the VPN for both vulnerabilities and unscrupulous administrators. MiTM attacks (man in the middle), for example; what you think is a secure channel might be intercepted and manipulated by someone else. This has happened and will happen again. Tip: the more trust you put into something or someone, the less security you have – you have to find the right balance. Trust does not mix well with security.
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No, it doesn’t.

An attacker could simply be scanning blocks of IPs for vulnerable systems. Scanning might not be strictly scanning – it could be active abuse of the systems (DoS attack for example). This is trivial stuff, actually – writing a program that scans blocks of IPs (whether valid or not) is quite easy but then you have more thorough scanners like nmap (to name one well known of many others).

Even the dark web has had websites infiltrated by law enforcement.

Edit: Also, spammers often create names of email accounts in the hopes that some will exist. I know this because I see it in mail logs on my mail server (and others have documented this as well).

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It’s a good idea for a couple of reasons, but it will not ward off a determined adversary. To be more secure will begin with a change in the way you think.

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NO…It does not provide any protection because it is not security tools that have strong firewall..

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