Your Internet Protocol or IP address is the unique address of your computer on the internet. This address is made up of four numbers which show its domain, network, subnetwork and host computer. Every time you use the internet, your IP address is visible to all the websites that you visit.
Why Hide your IP Address?
The internet can be a tricky place! Even the most careful users can become victims of identity theft, or unwitting recipients of malicious software. Therefore, the best way to protect yourself and your computer from hackers is by keeping your IP address private. Your IP address includes snippets of information about your computer, such as which operating system it uses and its location. Experienced hackers and cyber criminals are able to use IP addresses to find out which ports in your system are unprotected, and use this as a way to hack into your files.
Three Benefits of hiding your IP Address
1. SECURITY: The main reason for hiding your IP address is to keep your computer safe from networks, hackers and phishing attempts. Once your IP is invisible you will no longer be at risk from all these potential threats.
2. PRIVACY: Stay hidden so that websites are unable to track and monitor your online activities. Most tracking systems will not harm your software, but you don’t want information about your online behaviour to fall into the wrong hands. Keeping your IP private will also help to reduce annoying pop-up advertising and targeted marketing campaigns.
3. ACCESS: If your computer is part of a network that has restricted access, or you are browsing the web from a geographical location with blocked access, a hidden IP Address will allow you to surf the internet freely and fully. The world is your oyster!
How to Hide your IP Address?
There are a variety of tools and services which you can use to hide your IP address, and some are more reliable than others. An easy option to hide your IP Address is to use public Wi-Fi. Your IP address doesn’t travel with you outside your home, so connecting to any public network (for example, in a coffee shop or at a station) gives you the IP address of that network. However, although your IP address will be different, the public nature of the connection puts your activities at risk from hackers – so avoid handling sensitive data while using public WiFi.
However, the safest way to hide your IP address is to use a proxy or VPN server. Of course there are dozens of web-based proxies that are available to use online, which do not require you to install any software on your computer. If you are only looking to hide your IP address for a short amount of time, this might be a good option. The disadvantages to using these free services are that they tend to be slow and can feature loads of extra pop-up advertisements.
For a fast and reliable service, the best option is to use a smart-plugin tool such as ChillGlobal which won't influence your internet speed. ChillGlobal uses its own servers in each of the participating countries. In addition, using this tool gives you a level of extra privacy as all your data becomes private. ChillGlobal doesn’t save any of your data either, you can surf the internet entirely anonymous.
Now that you know all of the above, it’s time to put it into practice! Before anything, register for the ChillGlobal free trial right here. The smart-plugin for your Firefox web browser (very soon also available for Chrome!) is a zero space invader, downloaded and installed in 20 seconds (also for non-IT nerds) AND with a monthly free trial of 20 hours. No need for Credit Card details, just your enter email address and you are ready for take-off. Once this is done, you can unlock the online content from all of our 15 participating countries, regardless of your own location. For example, if you paid for Netflix at home, you will be able to connect and access your account no matter where you are! Your IP address is changed, you are encrypted and rerouted through our super-fast ChillGlobal servers that we have in place in every participating country: FREEDOM!