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The internet has always been a medium for facilitation of daily personal as well as business activities. It has a vital role in dissolving borders between nations and people. Thanks to the spread of the internet, the world is now known as a global village. However, we are now beginning to realize that there is a cost to all this convenience; a cost that we didn’t know about earlier. Exposed.
The downside of the internet is a collective loss of privacy. From corporations to individuals, everyone is suffering the curse of having their lives displayed in front of the whole world. Government agencies and marketing companies were pivotal in this process but now, cybercriminals are taking over from all other entities.
Every user has a public IP address, which is unsecure and is the primary source through which cybercriminals gain access to their systems. Therefore, it is very important for you to know, how you can secure your IP before gaining a deeper understanding of IP addresses and their fundamentals:
Securing your IP: How you can do that?
There are numerous ways to obtain a private IP address but unfortunately, they are all a little too complicated for average users such as you and me. For us, the most effective way to hide the IP address is, to use a VPN. VPNs are designed to mask the original addresses and replace them with predetermined ones that can’t be tracked back to the real location.
Moreover, you can even unblock the most popular streaming service in the world – Netflix’s US version, which is not available to the rest of the world, with a VPN.
- Download Ivacy’s Netflix VPN
- Install it on your device
- Launch the application
- Enjoy your favourite show on American Netflix with amazing speed
These easy steps will let you binge all your favorite TV shows and movies. Additionally, a VPN also makes all your data traffic anonymous because of the hidden IP address. This is an added benefit when it comes to cybersecurity. As users surf the internet, nothing about their activity is leaked to anyone on the outside, granting them a peace of mind while they use an unsecure network connection.
What is an IP address?
An IP or Internet Protocol address is a unique code specific to a device, website or server. The device you are using to connect with the internet is assigned a new Ip address every time a connection is established. Think of it as your home address. The IP address provides the exact location for any person or entity on the internet.
By default, all IP addresses are public. This means that ordinarily our IP addresses are visible to anyone who wants to view it.
If you want to check your IP address, the easiest way is to go to Google and type “what is my IP address” in the search bar. The page that loads next will display your public domain address. Alternatively, a device’s IP address can also be checked by going to the Control Centre on your PC or the settings in your smartphone.
How does IP tracking work?
Once you’ve understood the analogy of an IP address being like a home location, it is easy to understand how someone can track you using it. Just like if a thief knew where you lived, it would be simple for them to show up and break in, it is a walk in the park for hackers to gain entry into your computer if they know your IP address.
The IP provides a trail of all data traffic that is flowing from a certain device. Not only can it help a cybercriminal tell which websites you are visiting and what information you are typing there, it is also the way by which internet service providers keep a log of your online activities. All these factors together show the vulnerabilities that arise as a result of a public IP address.
Threats from a public IP address
As part of our earlier discussion we pointed out that the IP address is a source for all cybersecurity risks that exist these days. Hackers begin by tracking a user’s address. Once they have it, they can devise a number of techniques to either sneak into the system or try to extract sensitive information through other sources. Here are a few common cybercrimes involving public IP addresses:
- Phishing: This is a broad term which encompasses various methods like man-in-the-middle attacks. The basic idea is that a cybercriminal lays out some traps in the form of fake surveys or web pages that look identical to the real ones but aren’t. The intention is to fool the victim into entering their private information there that can be picked up and used by the hacker,
- Malware: Again, this is a term which includes almost every type of virus that a hacker can plant into your computer through the use of a public IP addresses. These bugs like ransomware for instance, are sent through email attachments or random links that initiate a download as soon you click on them.
These are just a few leading threats that users face because of public IP addresses.
Although all IP addresses are public normally, there are a number of issues that come with these. Primarily, they are giving away your precise location which becomes a way to gain access to a load of private information. Using a VPN is the most affordable yet efficient way to protect yourself from misuse of the IP address. However, it is important to make sure that you choose a credible service like Ivacy to get the job done.
Great historic events that have shaped the world and changed the outlines of countries are often not recorded in memory, or so we think. Wars made sure to destroy evidence and heritage, and the ones who survived told the tale of what really happened. Folklore, albeit through oral tradition kept alive many such stories, hidden in verse, limericks, and rhymes.
Ringa-ringa-roses, a common playtime rhyme among children across the world, is an example of folklore that has survived for many centuries. It tells the story of the The Great Plague of London which ravaged the city between 1665-1666.
The Plague broke out from improper disposal of garbage and poor sewage conditions. Fleas from the rats that lived in the sewers spread the disease that killed more than half of London's population. Many people fled from their homes as there was no medicine available for those who were infected.
Beak-shaped masks worn during the Great Plague of London Image source: wikimedia commons
It was around this time that masks began to be invented. The first masks were shaped like beaks, and were worn not to protect the wearer from the disease, but to the prevent them from being able to smell the decay and death around them, which they called 'miasma'. The beaks were filled with floral herbs that allowed doctors and nurses to tend to the sick without being reviled from the smell.
Children are often seen forming circles by holding hands and reciting loudly,
Pockets full of posies
We all fall down"
An illustration of the Great Plague of London, 1665 Image source: wikimedia commons
When the last line is sung, they break the circle and fall down. The roses and posies are believed to be the preferred fragrances inside the masks, and a single sneeze (a-tishoo) was enough to infect the one who was exposed to the disease. Consequently, they fell down, ill, and later died.
An alternative version of this rhyme is sung about the fall of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the aftermath of World War II. The roses and posies are interchanged with geranium and uranium, to symbolise what was used in the atomic bomb. But this version is not as famous the original.
Keywords: Rhymes, Ringa-ringa-roses, Great Plague of London, WWII, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Folklore
In modern times, many social movements aim to bring reform to the society we live in, on the basis of certain existing patterns. Patriarchy is something that many aim to cleanse our cultures of, to usher in the era of social and gender equality. Despite all these so-called movements, in southern India, certain societies that patronise matriarchy have existed since before India's independence. The Nairs and Ezhavas of Kerala, and Bunts and Billavas of Karnataka are matrilineal societies that continue to thrive in a patriarchal country.
Kerala remains separate from the rest of India in many ways. Be it literacy policy, form of government, or cultural practices, this state does not always conform to the ideal that India is known for. Even so with their social structure. Certain tribes have remained matrilineal, where the decision-making power rests with the eldest female of the family.
The Nairs and Ezhavas of Kerala, and Bunts and Billavas of Karnataka are matrilineal societies that continue to thrive in a patriarchal country. Image source: wikimedia commons
A male member, who is the close confidante of the matriarch is chosen. He plays a crucial role in representing the male members of his family, and his opinion is highly valued. He is called karavanan. The men reside in separate rooms or in separate houses, and do not interfere in the upbringing of children. Property is also passed down along the lineage of the eldest female. Among the Nairs, matriarchy is more prominently adhered to than the Ezhavas, who have some patrilocal connections.
In Karnataka, the Bunts and Billavas belong to the Tuluva ethnic group. They are also a predominantly matriarchal society, founded on the belief in a legend. Their matrilineal descent is known as Aliyasantana.
The story is told of a demon who threatened to destroy a kingdom if the king did not sacrifice his sons, but the king's sister comes forward to offer her children in sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom. The demon is touched and does not destroy the city. Since then, the kingdom, or the property is inherited through female lineage.
In Karnataka, the Bunts and Billavas belong to the Tuluva ethnic group. They are also a predominantly matriarchal society, founded on the belief in a legend. Image source: wikimedia commons
In the recent past, many of these matriarchal societies have been reduced to matrilineal societies by certain governmental laws. They fall under the patriarchal scheme of the rest of the state but have reserved the right to pass on property and heritage through the female line. In the North east of India, matriarchal dominance is far more resilient than the south.
Keywords: Bunts, Billava, Nair, Ezhava, Aliyasantana, Matrilineal, South India, Karnataka, Kerala
Apple inc. Is an American multinational tech firm specialized in consumer electronics, computer programs, and internet services founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976 to manufacture Wozniak's Apple iComputer. It is the world's top tech company in turnover (totaling $274.5 billion in 2020) and its most valuable corporation. Apple is the fourth-largest PC seller by unit sales and the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.
Apple has revealed a slew of new products at a special launch event that has been long-awaited. On the day of the live event, Apple announced the iPad mini, Apple Watch Series 7, iPhone 13 mini, and iPhone 13, as well as the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Apple has revealed a slew of new products at a special launch event that has been long-awaited. | Photo by Daniel Romero on Unsplash
In the first major product announcement during the event, Apple introduced the newest edition of the iPad and a 5G-capable iPad Mini.
iPad: The 10.2-inch iPad is equipped with a solid A13 processor that delivers 20 percent quicker performance than the preceding version. According to Apple, it is now three times faster than a Chromebook. A new 12MP ultra-wide camera with Center Stage, which utilizes machine learning to optimize the front-facing camera during FaceTime video chats, as well as more incredible accessory support, including compatibility with the first-generation Apple Pencil, are among the new features. For 64GB of storage, the iPad costs $329.
iPad Mini: In addition to reduced borders and more rounded edges, the 8.3-inch iPad mini also has improved front and back cameras. A liquid retina display, USB-C compatibility, magnetic support for the Apple Pencil, an enhanced speaker system, and new hues such as pink and purple are all features of the new Apple iPad Mini. The starting price is $499.
In the first major product announcement during the event, Apple introduced the newest edition of the iPad and a 5G-capable iPad Mini. | Photo by Leone Venter on Unsplash
The other major unveiled products include:
iPhone 13 and other variants: The iPhone 13 range is almost identical to the iPhone 12 lineup, with a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 Mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max. It was also revealed that the Watch Series 7 has a smaller "S7" processor, which may allow for a bigger battery or other components to be housed in a smaller footprint. The gadgets have a revolutionary design that includes a dual-camera system, placed diagonally. Apple's iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have longer-lasting batteries than the previous generation of devices. In addition, Apple claims that the iPhone 13 will have a battery life that is 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12, and the iPhone 13 mini will have a battery life that is 1.5 hours longer. A more energy-efficient display, an upgraded 5G chip, and functionality called "Cinematic Mode," similar to the famous Portrait mode function but is only available for movies, are among the other enhancements. The A15 Bionic chip present in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini is also used in the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max, also 6.1-inch devices. However, it also has a five-core CPU, which promises graphics that are 50% quicker than previous models. Other notable features of the Pro devices include a brilliant Super Retna XDR display with a higher refresh rate and long-lasting battery life. Now, for the price, it will start at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini with 128 GB of storage, $799 for the iPhone 13 with 128 GB of storage, and the Pro and Pro Max have starting prices of $999 $1,099, respectively.
Apple Watch Series 7: The new Apple Watch Series 7, which is smaller and has a larger screen than its previous model, was introduced by Apple on Wednesday. There is a 20% increase in screen size over Series 6 on the new watch. A complete keyboard that you can touch or slide to write out text messages can show 50% more text. It starts at $399.
Keywords: Apple, iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone Mini, Apple event 2021