We often get questions related to the IP address, especially requests to explain how to change it. So we decided to write this post clarifying these questions in a simple and brief way. To begin, let’s take a look at the IP definition.
What is the IP address?
IP corresponds to the initial letters of “Internet Protocol”. This is the protocol that allows your device to communicate with other devices on the Internet. In more simple terms, just like you need a physical address to receive a letter, you also need an IP for your computer to receive and send data.
We could write many pages about this subject, but to put it in a few words, the IP is your online identity, which you need in order connect to the Internet. This address consists of four numbers. Each of those numbers has between one to three digits and ranges from 0 to 250, such as “184.108.40.206“.
As you may have guessed, an IP is assigned to your connection, and it’s only yours. For this reason, it is very easy to identify you on the Internet. Any agency can easily see your identity through the IP address. That’s why many people want to know how to change their IP address, in order to have anonymity.
Hide IP or Change IP?
This is another interesting point, the choice of words confuses many users and they get the wrong idea of this process.
Many people think that you can access the Internet without an IP, so they don’t have any risk of being identified. Completely hiding an IP address is impossible. You cannot use the Internet without these identification numbers. Basically, you cannot have a blank space where you should have an IP.
What is possible is to change your IP, by using another one, instead of your real one. Some people call it camouflaging the IP, or mask the IP. Of course, we are talking about the same thing.
In other words, you can hide your true identity, but you still need an identity in order to use the Internet.
How to change the IP address?
That’s the big question. There are a lot of users who do not want to be identified online. And we agree, because the anonymity and privacy on the Internet are disappearing. Users are under surveillance by monitoring agencies, marketing agencies, government and even their ISP.
The best way to ensure online anonymity is with a good Virtual Private Network (VPN). It changes your IP and also encrypts your connection. You can even choose which country your new IP comes from. That way no one can trace your real IP or see your online activity, not even your Internet Service Provider. You can read more details in the article we wrote about the definition of VPN.
But you also need to be very careful when choosing a VPN. For example, there are some VPN services that claim to be free. Those services can be very dangerous because many times these free VPN providers may be selling your information to marketing agencies or even monitoring agencies. It is expensive to maintain VPN technology, keeping VPN servers, among many other things. And they need to make their money somehow. Be very careful with these “free services“, they can give you a serious headache in the future.
A good VPN does not keep records of your activity, making it impossible that anyone can access your data. We selected our favorite VPNs, tested all of them with Internet browsing and also downloading torrents. The ones we selected masked our identity perfectly, changing the IP and also encrypting our Internet connection. Check our reviews of the best VPN providers in order to learn a bit more about each software and to see their differences. That way you can easily see which one is the best for you.
We hope that this question has been solved. But if you still have any doubts regarding this matter, just get in touch and we will be happy to help.