Changing IP Address
You’ll be amazed at what can happen.
The more you learn about why people want to hide their IP addresses, the more you should be convinced to give it a try yourself.
Just in case you’re new to this topic, there are more than a few reasons you might want to hide your IP addresses every now and then, if not all the time:
Consider the following:
- Your IP address gives your location away, sometimes right down to your street
- Businesses track IP addresses and may track your coming and going to their website
- Forums, chatrooms and classified ads can blacklist you, based on your home IP address
- Law enforcement can get subpoenas from judges to ask your Internet Service Provider your name, address, and more, based on tracking your activity via your IP address.
- By hiding your IP address, you can actually view some content online (sporting events, TV shows, etc.) that you would otherwise be blocked to you, based on your geographical location (how do they know that? Oh, right…your IP address.)
That should be plenty of reasons for you. If you were to do just a little reading on the whatismyipaddr.wpengine.com website, you’d pick up a few great tips and came up with this plan.
You might think changing your IP address is tricky or difficult.
It’s not at all. In fact, you could probably change your IP address three different ways in less than hour…and you should do it just to take the mystery out of it all.
Don’t believe it?
I did it myself, by visiting a free wireless hotspot, using the Tor browser, and signing up for a free VPN (Virtual Private Network) trial offer.
Read my adventure below and try it yourself.
Note: Start off by going to WhatIsMyIPAddress.com from your home computer, just to make note of your everyday IP address.
Go for it.
#1. I downloaded and use the Tor browser. Time: 15 minutes.
There’s a good chance you have never even heard of Tor, the special browser that links you to an entirely private network and, in addition to the Internet you know, an entire array of websites. I’m going to level with you: there are some websites you can access through Tor that you cannot access through your everyday browser.
A lot of it is not good for minors or most adults. So, be warned.
However, Tor is a completely valid way to go online, hide your IP address, get around Internet blocks, and visit all the websites you want to visit…and never knew about.
Is it as safe and secure as you want it to be? Maybe not. There are plenty of dark corners of the “hidden web,” which means there could be lots of shady characters and malware. Read more about the Tor browser
Tor is free, easy to set up, and will give you your regular Internet experience…and then some. You can be up and running on Tor in less than 15 minutes in most cases. Just go to the Torproject.org. Once you’re browsing with Tor, check your IP at WhatIsMyIPAddress.com.
On to the second way to change my IP address in less than an hour, for free.
#2. I went to a coffee bar to use free wireless. Time: 20 minutes.
Almost all popular coffee places have free Wi-Fi available, and with a free Wi-Fi Internet connection comes a new IP address. Yes, it will only be temporary, but the entire time you’re there you’ll be using the IP address of the coffeehouse’s router. (Again, I went to whatismyIPaddress.com to see what my IP address was. If anyone tried to track you, they’d see your location as that in the coffeehouse…along with hundreds of other hot spot users that day.
Of course, you might want to read about the safety of using a hotspot and what you should and should not do…but your IP address will change.
In all honesty, using a hotspot is the easiest way to change your IP address. But you’ll get tired of drinking coffee all day, and they’ll eventually boot you out.
3. I signed up for a FREE trial with a popular VPN. Time: 10 minutes.
If Tor is a bit risky/shady for you and hot spots aren’t always safe or available, the best way to change your IP address, stay safe and have access 24/7, is to open your own Virtual Private Network account (VPN).
I did it and it only took a few minutes.
Now, the best VPNs are the ones that have a small monthly fee; but, you can try out most VPNs, even the top ones, for free with a monthly trial period. That’s the way to go.
Plus, setting up a VPN account is super easy.
Here’s why the VPN route is probably the BEST way to go:
- It’s always there for you, home or away. Your VPN account is web-based, so if you have online access, you can log into your VPN account. (So if you’re in a hotel and use your VPN, you’ll be using a VPN IP address, not the hotel’s hot spot address.)
- It encrypts all your traffic. Probably the best reason to go with a VPN. Tor doesn’t provide a secure connection and hot spots are notoriously unsecured. Using a VPN protects your connections at all times, wherever you are.
- It delivers other advantages. Remember the reason why people choose to hide their IP address? A VPN provides all those advantages.
Like a P.O. box for Internet activity.
If you didn’t want someone to know where you lived, you could redirect all your mail to a P.O. Box instead and hide your true address. (Of course, you’d have to go to the P.O. Box to get your mail.)
When you hide your computer’s IP address using Tor or a VPN, it’s something like having a P.O. Box for the Internet. The IP address used will connect you to the Internet, but the Internet won’t know where you actually are.
And now you just learned three easy ways—all free of charge—to hide your actual IP address in less than an hour.
As mentioned before, for ultimate convenience, consider choosing a VPN for a low monthly fee. You can see some great, reliable VPN choices.
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