Every device that connects to the internet is given a unique set of numbers called the Internet Protocol (IP) address. Your web host can see your IP address and track what you’ve been doing online. If someone knows your IP address, they can discover what movies you’ve been watching, what Google searches you’ve been doing, and even where you live.
10 Reasons to Block Your IP Address
If you’re uncomfortable at the thought of total strangers being able to trace all of your internet activity. I prefer to hide IP address and recommend you do too, for these 10 reasons:
- Hide your geographical location
- Prevent your web host from tracking your internet activity
- Get around geo-restrictions that block content
- Stay anonymous online
- Hide your internet activity from government surveillance
- Bypass school or workplace restrictions
- Protect your personal details when using a Wi-Fi hotspot
- Block targeted attacks on your IP address
- Keep your private searches private
- Avoid annoying retargeting ads
How VPN Works ??
When a user connects to a VPN, a “tunnel” is created. This tunnel acts as a secure line of communication. The information passed through it can’t be read if intercepted because it has been encrypted. The VPN client on your computer and the VPN Server know the key to the encryption so data is only encrypted in transit, but instantly decipherable at the source and destination.
Why the Secrecy?
There are many reasons to hide yourself online. IP addresses can be used to discern your physical location, and can sometimes do so with remarkable accuracy. These addresses also act like personal identifiers, a little like a phone number, letting advertisers and adversaries track you online. They can also be used to launch targeted attacks against you.
Paid vs Free VPNs
Please don’t use a free VPN service. Really. If your VPN service is not making money from your subscription fees then it is making it elsewhere, like selling your personal information to a third-party who can spam you senseless. For VPN companies to maintain their servers is very expensive and the old adage holds true: if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.
We mean it. Don’t use a free VPN service.
True anonymity is a myth
It is growing more and more difficult to be 100% anonymous online. So when you sign up for your VPN, you want to be giving as few identifiable details as possible. If you can’t pay in Bitcoin or with gift cards, you are not signing up for an anonymous service.If your chosen VPN provider asks you for more than an email address on sign-up, you are not anonymous.
Tor and Beyond
Even with a VPN, your data moves in a more-or-less straight line between your computer and the stuff on the Internet. But when you make your path more circuitous, you not only hide your IP address but make yourself much harder to find, too.
Tor, uses a series of computers distributed across the globe to hide your IP address and make your digital trail harder to follow. Instead of a single request from point A (your home) to point B (the website’s server) and back again, your computer sends out layered requests, each one encrypted individually. You’re then relayed from Tor node to Tor node (A to C to R to Z and finally to B) before finally exiting the network and reaching your destination.
How to setup Windscribe?
- Go to https://windscribe.com
- Now you have to sign up there
- After Login you can see a DOWNLOAD option on the top click on that
- Now they provide plugin and software for both browser and OS
- Now select according to your wish and download
- Download and Login
- Congrats now your IP is changed/Hidden
Surf Safe 🙂