Whenever you are at public place such as store, office, market etc, you don’t have your phone number or address pasted at back of your shirt.
However, this does happen while you are surfing. Internet protocol(IP) do stick to you while you are browsing. Once you are connected with Internet, Internet Service Provider (ISP) assigns you an IP address. It is just like when you are born, you are given name and social security number. Similarly you receive IP address once you are online.
Through this IP address your activities can be tracked. It could be used to such an extent to locate a person (though warrant is required for such act).
Question might arise why do we need IP address? It act as an identifier to allow information to be exchanged between devices on a network.
Why to hide IP address?
There could be many reasons behind this action. But the most popular once are:
Hide your geographical location: There are many geo which might be blocked for particular content. By hiding your IP address it is possible to view blocked content.
Prevent Website Tracking: Site visited by you is tracked by the server host by the website owner. So it’s possible to monitor sensitive information and Privacy about you
Hide your identity: You might sometime want on comment various forums. But using your IP address will reveal your identity. So to protect your identity IP address hiding is a good option.
Ways to Hide IP address
It is possible to hide the public IP address from most Internet servers by various methods. One method is the use of anonymous proxy server and another is the use of virtual private networking(VPN).
Anonymous Proxy Server
Anonymous Proxy Server is that type of server which act as an intermediate between your home network and the rest of the Internet. This special type of proxy server makes request on behalf of yours for Internet information.
Now question comes to your mind, while surfing for information which IP address is used. Anonymous Proxy Server use its own IP address instead of your. So by using this snooping could be avoided as Websites will see proxy’s IP address and not your own home address.
Another question might come to your mind that what all things would be required for this special type of proxy server. No need to worry, it only requires a simple configuration of the Web browser (or other Internet client software that supports proxies).
Proxies are made by the combination of URL and TCP port number.
There are various free Anonymous Proxy servers are available in the market, open for everyone who want it. But be careful while choosing which one you want to use. As their proxy servers have bandwidth traffic limit. Sometimes they suffer from reliability and speed problems.
There even exist cases where there proxy servers have disappeared from the market without any notice. We recommend you to use these type of servers in case of experiment or temporary purpose.
Virtual Private Network
VPN works in almost the same manner like Anonymous Proxy Server do. It issues their customer a public IP address different from the address, their home Internet service receives.
This new IP address could originate from altogether a different state as well as country. So after singing for this service till the time you have logged off, you will be using VPN-assign IP address.
Now comes the time for question what makes it different from the Anonymous Proxy Server. Unlike Anonymous Proxy Server, VPN sets up a encrypted tunnel between your device. Time taken to hit your request to the internet, it’s using different IP address and is one of many request.
Though in case of VPN it is costly, however every good thing has a price. So it’s worth it. VPN service providers even promise their users that there will be no log for customer’s traffic.
Related Tools for Internet Privacy
There are various tools available in the market, which support anonymous proxies. Firefox extension called switchproxy, for example, it supports numerous proxy servers in Web browser and keeps on switching between them automatically at regular intervals of time.
So while reading if you are worrying, how will you find proxies and do their configuration, here is your knight in shining armor. Tools will help you in finding proxies and also helps in configuration process. All you just need is to find such tools.
Above articles the address is only for information purpose and is not meant for any illegal use. In case of any queries or suggestions please feel free to contact us by commenting in our comment bar section. We will definitely try to incorporate for suggestions in our future post.