Most people have heard the term “IP address”, and the fact that you would sometimes rather hide you IP-address. In this article, we will discuss why someone would want to hide his or her IP-address. Furthermore, we will describe how you can hide your IP address and browse the internet a lot safer.
1. Visiting websites without revealing your identity
Websites are increasingly gathering data from their visitors. Your IP address is your “digital fingerprint” with which your identity can be established. By hiding (changing) your IP address you prevent websites from identifying you and revealing your location using your IP-address.
2. Access to Netflix and other streaming services, wherever you are
Are you on holiday but you still want to watch the EC or WC football? Or you want to access the American offer of Netflix outside of the US? By changing your IP address to an IP address from another country you will be able to access films, series and streams that would otherwise not be accessible to you.
3. Protect yourself against spies and hackers
Hiding your IP address prevents hackers and other people with malicious intent from following you and tracing you.
4. Surfing the web on public Wi-Fi hotspots safely
Public Wi-Fi hotspots are very dangerous and hackers and scammers are always out there. By using a VPN-connection you hide your location and identity from shady individuals when you are connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot.
5. Access websites that aren’t available in your country
Many websites only offer specific content (films, articles, etc.) to people in certain countries. Some sites are blocked by governments. By changing your IP address you can pretend to be in a different country and hereby gaining access to this content.
6. Bypass online restrictions set up by your school or work
Schools and companies often only allow you to visit certain websites/ services. For example, often Facebook, Netflix and Dropbox get blocked. By encrypting your internet traffic and rerouting it, hereby changing your IP-address, you will able to access these blocked websites at school or work.
7. Bypassing eavesdropping and censorship from governments
Governments are increasingly eavesdropping on their citizens. The internet offers plenty of opportunities for this. Besides there are a growing number of governments that censor the internet for their citizens. By hiding your IP address (and encrypting your internet connection) you can prevent censorship and eavesdropping.
8. Hide your internet activities from your internet provider
Internet providers are often required to keep a record of your data and your internet usage for a period of time. By changing your IP-address and encrypting your data you prevent your internet provider from keeping track of your internet usage.
9. Prevent search engines from logging your searches
Hide your IP-address and data requests for search engines by changing your IP address. Don’t forget to erase your cookies, to make sure that they can’t build up a profile on you.
10. Complete internet freedom
The internet is intended to be an open platform for everyone. Creativity, innovation, education, communication and the exchange of ideas are inseparable with the freedom the internet offers. Hiding your IP-address protects your privacy and your freedom of expression online.
How can you hide your IP address?
There are a few ways to hide your IP address. Using a VPN connection with a proxy server and via TOR.
In the articles listed here below you can find all the details on these different methods.
- More information on VPN’s in general and the best VPN’s on the market
- More information on Proxy servers
- More information on TOR
We recommend the usage of a VPN connection, because this encrypts your data and changes the location of your IP-address. This is the most reliable way to hide your IP address and it has the least negative impact on your internet speed. Good VPN providers for example are; GOOSE VPN, NordVPN and ExpressVPN.