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How To: Change Your Mac Address

Brotha, did ya forget ya name?
Did ya lose it on the wall
Playin’ tic-tac-toe?
Yo, check the diagonal
Three million gone
Come on
‘Cause you know they’re counting backwards to zero

Rage Against The Machine, Freedom

Ok, so like me, you worry about your anonymity on the internet. You go down to the local coffee shop and make use of their free Wi-Fi while you flex ur 1337 h4x0r skills and ninja your way into the D.O.D. Mainframe. Well let me tell ya: if you’re reading this, your Kung Fu is not that strong. What most n00berz don’t realize is that even though you’ve gained access to the internet through someone else’s wi-fi connection, it’s still easily traceable back to you through your Mac Address.

Basically a Mack Address is something that uniquely identifies your laptop, sort of a “finger print” for computers. If you want a full run down on what a Mac Address is and what it does I’ve provided a link for you above, read until your eyes liquefy in their sockets and ooze right out of your skull. Most, if not all, wi-fi routers will keep a log of what pages are viewed by what Mac Address. So if somebody were so inclined to track your activity back to the IP Address that you used, all they would have to do is access the router’s log and match the activity to your little notebook; making that trip to Starbucks on the other side of town totally useless.

I would make an effort to try and justify a reason to change or spoof your Mac Address, but to the best of my knowledge it‘s not illegal so I don’t’ have to. Let me just add though; that in no way do I or anyone else at The Restricted approve of any illegal activity and do not encourage anyone to use this information in any way that could even be remotely construed as illegal, I am however a huge believer in anonymity on the web and as such I regularly change my Mac Address, especially when using a wi-fi hotspot… I’m just not comfortable with the whole “Big Brother” thing.

The whole process is really simple, all you need to do is download and run a copy of Mac MakeUp, once you’ve opened up the program all you need to do is click “Generate Random” to well… generate a random Mac Address. Then hit “Change” to change your current Mac Address. Once you’ve grown tired of your new Mac Addy all you have to do is click Remove and Bada-Bing Bada-Bang… you’ve got your old Mac Address back. It is important to note that Mac MakeUp is not actually changing your Mac Address, it is actually preventing your computer from communicating its own Mac Address while Mac MakeUp simultaneously reports another one.

If you want a full run down on what Mac MakeUp can do and full instructions on how to use it, check out the guys over at gorlani.com. Awesome little program, and very simple to use.

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