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How to change your IP address and hide your location
When you are using the internet without any privacy tools, your identity and activities can be traced. There is data that can be used to establish a connection between a specific activity and a particular user. Your IP address is one of the main details that could help others to identify you. It can become exposed when you are using online forums, torrent applications and more. Thankfully, it is possible to disguise your IP address with the help of a VPN service. When you use a VPN, your IP address is changed, which also gives you a new virtual location. You may be physically in the United States, for example, but when you connect to a VPN server in Japan, your IP address will make others believe that you are actually in Japan.
A VPN routes your entire internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel, which prevents other parties, including your ISP, from seeing what you are doing online. When you use a VPN you will appear as if you were in the same location as the server you connect to. This will not only allow you to boost the anonymity and privacy of your connection, it also enables you to bypass blocks. If a website or service is not available in your location due to geographical or network restrictions, you can mask your location to get around the blocks. Using a VPN is the most practical way to hide your real location, encrypt your online traffic to enjoy high security and switch between locations so that you can enjoy a censorship-free, flexible experience while browsing or streaming content.
What is an IP address?
IP address stands for Internet Protocol address and it is a term that refers to the unique number that is assigned to specific devices when they connect to the internet. At the moment, there are two versions of Internet Protocols being used. One is IP Version 4 (IPv4), which uses 32 bits and around 4 billion addresses. Then we have IP Version 6 (IPv6), which started being used in 1995 as a measure to make sure that there would be enough available addresses to be assigned before running out of IPv4 addresses. IPv6 uses 128 bits, which is the equivalent to 3.4 x 1038 addresses.
It is not possible to connect to the internet without a public IP address
In order to be able to use the internet, a device need to have a public IP address. With an IP address, the exchange of information between two devices (sender and recipient), is made possible. The setup works in a similar way to physical addresses. Your postal address is required so that you can receive a letter or any goods that you have ordered. In the same way, your IP address is needed to receive online data. IP addresses are required to enable the connection and communication between two devices. Without an IP address, a device can’t be found and data can’t be sent to it.
What is a private IP address?
Private network use private IP addresses so that they can identify and share data with computers and other devices, including printers, that are not connected to the internet. Every computer or device within your home network has its own private IP address that allows them to establish communication with each other. However, devices that are outside the local network are not able to see or connect to them. The private IP address is assigned to all the devices in your home network by the DHCP protocol.
What your IP address can reveal about your location
Your IP address can offers detailed information about your location. This includes your country, your city, state and postal code. In addition, it can be used to find out your Internet Service Provider. When you visit a website, even more data can be gathered about you. Your IP address, along with other information collected from cookies, trackers, metadata and browser-fingerprinting methods, allows website owners, advertisers and other parties, to create a pretty accurate profile about you.
They can put together the data to find out your location, the websites that you visit, your interests, who you talk to and more. This allows them to offer content and ads that are specially designed to attract you. They may also sell your data to whoever offers the best price. Furthermore, your ISP has even more information about you. After all, since you are their customer, they already know your name, address, phone number and financial details, just to mention a few.
In some countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, ISPs have to maintain logs of your browsing activity and hand out the data to a large number of government agencies without a warrant. If you visit a website that is not secured with HTTPS, your ISP will be able to see the individual webpages that you access. Your ISP can even see the domains of websites that are HTTPS-secure, although they won’t see the individual pages.
Using a VPN for a private connection
If you want to protect your privacy and keep your real IP address hidden from third parties, a VPN is the most convenient solution. By connecting to a VPN server, you will be able to get a new IP address that is what the websites you visit and anyone else, gets to see when you are online. This IP address will show a different location and will make things difficult for those who try to trace your activities back to you. In addition, since a VPN encrypts your online traffic, they won’t know what websites you visit or what you do when you are connected to the internet.
In order to get the best level of protection, it is important to choose a VPN service that doesn’t keep logs of your internet traffic, that provides strong encryption and that has a wide selection of servers. This will keep information such as your IP address protected, and it will allow you to bypass restrictions so that you can access the content that you want online.