You need to hide your IP-address? To help you understand this a trick question, we have prepared a small description of ways to hide your IP, available to the ordinary user.
First of all the question arise, why do you require to hide your IP-Address? There might be multiple answers to this thing, you might not want your privacy to be shared with any company, you might want to test a website, software or any computer from different IP’s for demonstrations, or you might want to have access to something secret or restricted data. But purpose of sharing this information is just to make you aware of situations in which you can hide your origin. This is just for educational purpose, any harming or wrong usage of this knowledge will not make us responsible of anything in anyway.
How to Hide your IP-Address?
The most common way to hide your IP-address is to use a proxy server (proxy-server) in one form or another. Proxy – a computer network that allows its users to use indirect network connections to access Internet resources. Technically, your online activity is first sent to the proxy server, which processes and sends your information requests. And your IP is hidden or replaced with another, so sites and other online resources are not able to check the IP home computer , laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device from which you access the Internet.
Guided by your requests, proxy servers connect directly to the source you requested or cached copies. Proxies (or simply “Proxy”) are divided into several types.
Virtual private network or VPN (Virtual Private Network) protects your data and identity in public networks such as the Internet or wireless access point (Wi-Fi in your favorite coffee shop, etc.). VPN uses a system of special protocols to create an encrypted tunnel through which protected data transmission occurs. As a firewall (Firewall) protects the data on your computer, so VPN protects your data in the global network.
The purpose of VPN – provide the same level of security that is used in private networks VPN-(as in large corporations) at a greatly reduced cost. VPN-services offer a variety of city gateways, allowing you to choose the geographical location of your computer IP.
This allows you to access websites that are usually only available to users from a particular country. This feature is especially in demand among those many travels and wants to get access to the sites in their home country, as well as those who live in areas with high levels of Internet censorship, such as China or Iran.
Proxy servers are configurable via a browser
There are also stand-alone proxy servers that provide you the opportunity to send your traffic through a proxy, which requests a page on your side and sends you the results. As a rule, their use does not cost anything. However, they are usually quite slow, because available free to all.
There are several kinds of proxy that hides your IP-address:
- Anonymous Proxy: identify themselves as proxy servers, but they provide a reasonable level of anonymity for most users.
- Distorting Proxy: identify themselves as proxy servers, but they create for you “invalid” original IP-address available through the http-headers.
- Proxy with a high level of anonymity do not identify themselves as proxy servers and do not give you the requested Internet resources access to your original IP.
Just do not forget that the coin has two sides, one of which hides your real IP, and the other (especially one that is free and is in the public domain) can be infected by malicious software that infect your computer or steal personal information.