How Do I Hide My IP Address?
WHY HIDE IP ADDRESS?
Here are the top reasons why people want to hide their IP address:
- Stay anonymous surfing.
- Unblock any websites that are restricted by geographical location or firewall.
- Public WiFi security.
- Prevent web tracking.
These are the two common ways to hide your IP address:
(1) Web Based Proxy Server and (2) Virtual Private Network (VPN).
1. WEB BASED PROXY SERVER
A website based proxy server is web service that provides the form for user to enter the URL that they wish to browse anonymously. When user submits the form, the proxy server will make the request for the page, while the machine usually does not identify itself as a proxy server and does not pass along the user’s IP address in the request of that page.
Since Web Based Proxy is a free service, it is normally slow and full of advertisements.
List of Popular Web Based Proxy Servers
2. VIRTIAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN)
Virtual Private Network is a network connection that enables you to create a secure connection over the public Internet to private networks at a remote location. Using VPN is simple and more reliable than Web Based Proxy. 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. With VPN, you need pay some monthly fee to the provider.
List of Popular VPN Services
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