How Do I Change My IP Address?
There are several ways that could change your IP address. You can change both private and public IP address. Most of the time, when people talk about changing IP address they are referring to the public one. The public IP address is assigned to your device by the Internet Service Provider when it is connected to the Internet.
1. UNPLUG THE MODEM
This is the simplest way for changing your IP but it is only working when you have dynamic IP address. A public IP address can be either static or dynamic. A static public IP address does not change when it is used. On the other hand, a dynamic public IP address is chosen from a pool of available addresses and changes each time one connects to the Internet. Most ISP will assign their users with dynamic IP address as it is cost effective.
Therefore, just unplug your modem for several minutes and then reconnect it again. If your service provider assigns dynamic IPs. You are likely to get a new address assigned to you when you turn the modem back on. It may take up from several minutes to 24 hours for IP address to change depend on your ISP’s setting.
2. CONTACT THE ISP
Contacting your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is another method to change your IP address if you have a static IP address assigned by your ISP. The static IP will stay the same all the time unlike a dynamic one. Therefore, you will need to contact your ISP technical support in order to get your IP address changed. Most of the time, you can request the change one or two times.
Many people found this method is not convenience for them while there is an easier way. Instead of trying to contact their ISP, they are using proxy server or Virtual Private Network (VPN) to mask their IP addresses. See the following for more detail.
3. VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK
Virtual Private Network is a network connection that enables you to create a secure connection with a different IP address over the public Internet to private networks at a remote location. Using VPN is simple and reliable. All the network traffic is encrypted. You can easily changed your IP address from a large pool and choose the preferred location as you want from a different part of the country or world. Most of VPN service are not free, you are require to pay monthly subscription to the VPN service provider.
List of Popular VPN Services
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