If you need to protect yourself from DDOS attacks (Distributed Denial of Service), there is one solution that is both simple and effective – hiding or resetting your IP address. Every device that connects to the internet will have a unique IP address, which means that every device can also be identified specifically to be the victim of a DDOS attack.
Hiding your IP address is something that is relatively straightforward, and it involves taking extra care when using the internet. Many web browsers now automatically stop before accessing a web page that other users have reported as ‘suspect’, and Google also has a built-in block that activates from within their search engine. With antivirus software such as AVG, there is also a feature that adds a small ‘tick’ icon to any search engine result that can be trusted, and this is also an important factor in protecting yourself from unauthorised access.
Resetting your IP address is also a good way to protect yourself from DDOS attacks. With a regular internet router, this can be as simple as resetting the device – this can be done by switching it off and on, or by holding down a reset button. If you are able to log in to the management area of your router (192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.254 on many routers), you should be able to reset the device from another computer. If you have paid an extra subscription to your ISP for a fixed IP address, you may need to contact them directly as resetting the router could still leave you with the same value. In the same manner, resetting a computer alone will not have the desired effect.
Although the above steps are an effective method of prevention, the best solution for complete peace of mind would be to use a service that specialises in preventing DDOS attacks. They have access to specialised hardware and software, and they are also sophisticated enough to detect the early stages of an attack. While some products may be designed to go offline in the event of an attack, early detection is a far more useful solution as the most advanced equipment can also automatically switch your IP address – this will ensure that your systems remain online as much as possible.