When you connect to the Internet, your ISP assigns you an IP address. When you surf the web, your activity can be tracked with your IP address. The IP address can be used to locate a person although not precisely, and trace the Internet activity. To surf anonymously and protect your privacy, you’ll need to hide your real IP address.
Why Hide IP Address?
The following are some of the common reasons why people want to mask their IP address online:
► By hiding the IP address, people can browse websites anonymously without leaving the trace of their identity.
► To access websites and portals that are not available to the IP address’s Geo location.
► Stay safe from intruders and hackers by showing a fake IP to the world and keeping real IP concealed.
► Hiding IP means hiding geographical location.
► Hiding IP prevents leaving a digital footprint of their online activity.
How to Hide Your IP?
Some of the most common ways to hide IP and safeguard your online identity are discussed below:
VPNs can be free or you can pay for the service. They help you get on the Internet and assign you a different IP address.
This is another popular way to quickly mask IP address on the Internet. Since it is a web based service, users need not have to install any piece of software program on their computer. The following are some of the popular websites that offer free proxy services to obscure your IP address:
The downside of using these free proxy services to mask your IP address is that most of them become overloaded and are too slow to use. In addition, annoying ads and pop-ups during your browsing.
Browser Configured Proxy Servers
There are hundreds of freely available open proxies that can be found on the Internet. You can obtain the IP address of one of those freely available proxy servers and configure your browser to start hiding your original IP address. However, as they are openly available to public, most of them are either dead or perform too slow under normal conditions.
IP Hiding Software
There are many IP hiding software available. Some are free and provided as shareware, while others are sold by monthly/yearly subscription or at a one-time price. Such proxy software are usually faster and more reliable