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fmarquez

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I was wondering if im protected from surfing the web with a static ip address. and if i had a router would it make a differnace. Right now i connected to a cable modem that has a static ip address. Can your ISP give you a dynamic ip?
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It depends on your internet provider's network arrangements. Some assign their customer's a dynamic IP address while others assign a static one. It's unlikely they'll change from one to the other at customer's request.

As far as internet safety is concerned, dynamic is no safer than static. Being behind a router does improve protection because most routers have a hardware firewall built in, but it doesn't offer 100% protection from hackers. You still need to install a good third-party software firewall, preferrably configured to alert you to all incoming & outgoing traffic. Installing a good firewall is more important than debating the merits of a static or dynamic IP address if you're concerned about keeping hackers out.
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what he said
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