What is an IP address
Each device on the internet has its unique series of numbers called an Internet Protocol address (known as ‘IP address’). Your laptop, phone, and each device connected to the internet have one.
Your ISP assigns a single internet access point a single IP address (if static) which is the only thing that is being used to determine the location and what content to serve.
It goes like this:
- You connect to the internet
- The request goes through your ISP
- ISP redirects you to the website
Why mask your IP
- Access geo-restricted content. Some streaming platforms use geo-blocking to limit their services to individual countries. Mask your IP with that of another location where the service is available and enjoy unlimited content anywhere.
- Bypass surveillance and censorship. When your IP is masked, it is extremely difficult for your ISP or the government to monitor what you do on the internet. Also, governments often censor and filter what content you get, block ‘unwanted’ information and services. These shady efforts do not apply to you when your IP is hidden.
- Securely use unprotected public WiFi. Public WiFi is a goldmine for snoopers trying to access your sensitive information (passwords, bank account details, etc.). When you mask your IP, you protect your digital identity from different cyber threats while surfing the net on a public hotspot.
- Enjoy private browsing. When you turn on ‘incognito’ or ‘private’ mode on your browser, it is not genuinely private because your activities are visible to your ISP, the government, employer, etc. When you hide your IP, you keep your browsing history private.
- Get around workplace filters. If your employer limits the websites you can access on the internet, masking your IP is an easy way to get around all kinds of filters.
Your privacy can be abused just by identifying your IP address. When unmasked, your IP address is accessible to the ISPs or third party players. This often happens without you ever noticing, while snoopers collect your data and use it however they wish. The worst part is – although ISPs claim to value your privacy, legal restrictions to do so are vague.
What your IP can reveal about you
- Your digital profile. Using specialized software, snoopers can track what you do online. Although your IP address cannot give out your exact physical location, it can be used to create your digital profile.
- Ad preferences. Marketers can associate your IP address with your online activities, hence, target ads based on the data about you they have.
How can you mask your IP (Tip get a VPN)
VPNs mask your IP address, so it’s impossible to link it to your online activity via IP detection. You browse freely, while VPNs make sure your privacy is not under threat.
A VPN works like a virtual tunnel. It encrypts your internet traffic and hides your actual IP address by replacing it with IP from one of the VPN servers you choose.
When you are connected to a VPN, your internet browsing is secure, while ISP is unable to track or store anything you do.
Besides, you can quickly change your location and have unrestricted and fast access to any website. You can choose your desired location, or let us offer an optimal choice for you.
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