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How to hide your IP address: 5 easy ways

Your IP address is attached to every move you make on the internet. It is the internet address of your computer, phone, and other connected devices. Your IP can reveal your location, download and browsing history, and lets your ISP spy on you. Learn how to hide your IP address and safeguard your privacy.

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Hide IP address with VPN (recommended)

VPNs mask your IP address, so it’s impossible to link it to your online activity via IP detection. It hides your actual IP address by replacing it with the IP of the VPN server you chose. You can quickly change your location and have unrestricted and fast access to any website by simply changing the server.

Sign up to Surfshark

Sign in to your account, or click ‘Get started’ below to create a new one.

Open the Surfshark app

Open the Surfshark app on any of your devices & click ‘Connect’.

Surfshark hides your IP

That’s it! Your IP is hidden and your traffic is encrypted.

What are other IP-masking alternatives?


Proxy (not secure)

A common way to fake your IP is using proxy servers. Their quality can vary, from having adequate security to being downright dangerous. Some of them keep logs, offer outdated or no encryption, and collect your personal information. Proxies also lack the additional features that come naturally with VPNs.


Tor (safe but very slow)

Tor masks your IP address with multiple routing processes that keep users’ identity safe. While it’s a secure IP hiding alternative to a VPN, Tor is extremely slow and is best suited for regular browsing instead of streaming videos.

DNS Changer

DNS changer (not reliable)

A DNS changer can’t help you hide your IP. They work on different principles than VPNs. The Domain Name System is what your computer pings to turn the human-readable website addresses into IP addresses. Hiding your DNS simply prevents the website or service you’re connecting to from checking what country you’re connecting from.


Incognito (can't hide IP)

Incognito or private mode doesn’t change your IP at all – it simply doesn’t record your browsing history on your device. Your Internet Service Provider can still access it, and you’re still using the internet with your original IP address. At best, you’re only keeping your browsing hidden from other people who use your computer.

Comparing IP hiding methods

VPN Tor Proxy Incognito/Private mode DNS changer
Encrypts data YES YES NO NO NO
Allows quick
server switching
Bypasses blocks YES Some Some NO Some
Stay anonymous online

Stay anonymous online

When someone gets hold of your IP address, they can determine a lot of information about you – mainly, your country and your city.

Many countries around the world mandate internet service providers (ISPs) to keep records of your online activities. When your IP is masked, it is extremely difficult for your ISP or the government to monitor what you do on the internet. They won’t know what you do online, and the ISP won’t have any data to transfer or sell to advertisers and marketers.

Bypass surveillance and censorship

Government censorship usually relies on IP checking. This is how they can censor websites and not allow you to see the content they don’t want you to see. They can also use your IP to monitor your online activity, such as comments. 

With your IP masked, they won’t be able to do it. Moreover, hiding your IP is an excellent way to bypass the internet filters your employer or school uses. Mask your IP and browse freely.

Bypass surveillance and censorship
Access geo-restricted content

Access geo-restricted content

Some streaming services show different content in different countries. That means that some paying customers are getting less access than others. 

Streaming platforms use geo-blocking to limit their services to individual countries. Hide your IP, and the app won’t know where you actually are. Connect to a VPN server in your desired country and get access to the best libraries the streaming apps can offer.

Protect your online activity

Criminals are out to get you online as well. Use a VPN to hide your IP, and you’ll also protect your data from being intercepted and stolen. 

Copyright trolls are companies that look for proof that you downloaded something you shouldn’t have. They use that information to get an out-of-court settlement more generous than a court case. A VPN can stop them. What’s more, Surfshark VPN will prevent ads and malware from following you around online.

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Benefits of hiding IP with Surfshark VPN


Browse any website

Geo-blocking, government censorship, GDPR, school or workplace preventing you from going where you want to go? With Surfshark, you can overcome their blocks.


Use any app

As long as you can install software on your device, Surfshark can enable you to use any app you want no matter what the local network restrictions are.


Unlock content libraries

Connect to the right server to hide your IP and unlock the streaming libraries available in that country. Connect to one of Surfshark’s US servers to access the most extensive Netflix US library.


Bypass price discrimination

The prices for plane tickets, hotels, and so on can be different depending on where you’re logging in from. Change the server and hunt for bargains.


Unthrottle your internet

Some ISPs limit internet bandwidth to be able to serve more customers without investing in infrastructure. A VPN can help you get the speed you paid for and bypass these unfair practices.


Protect your data on the go

Do your travel often or frequently use public Wi-Fi? With the encryption that Surfshark provides, you can use public Wi-Fi spots without fear of hackers.


Hide your IP on every device

Surfshark comes with unlimited installs, so you can secure every device you own. And if the device doesn’t allow new software to be installed, protect your entire home by putting the VPN client in your router.

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