3 Ways to Hide Your IP Address

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No one likes a peeping Tom. Whether it’s in real life or online. While you can do plenty about it in real life, in the digital world you are better off preventing it than fighting it. In other words, it is wiser and easier to protect your identity and activities online than to keep them vulnerable to the often invisible forces of the web.

Hiding your IP address is a great way to start respecting your privacy when online. When you hide your IP, your activities are tied to some other address, usually generated by a server. This separates you from your activities and makes you near anonymous. We at TuxlerVPN recommend staying hidden even for routine web activities like surfing and e-commerce shopping.

Hiding Your IP Address: Top 3 Methods

There are three ways to hide your IP address. You can either use software, manually set up a proxy, or use a special network to hide it. Here we have discussed the ways according to their difficulty and efficiency levels.

Use a VPN

The most effective way to hide your IP address is to use virtual private network software. A VPN routes your traffic through another server or system, thereby switching your IP address. For example, when you connect to TuxlerVPN, your original IP is immediately cloaked by a random residential IP. Your connection goes through TuxlerVPN’s IP pool and assumes an arbitrary IP address from this pool. This effectively makes you near anonymous. 

Using a VPN is easy. All you have to do is download a VPN application and install it on your computer or smartphone. Once installed, simply switch your IP address by choosing any region in the world. TuxlerVPN, for instance, has over 70,000 locations spread across the globe.

An additional advantage of using a VPN is that it also encrypts your traffic. This way not only is your IP address hidden but your communication is also encrypted. Should a “digital peeping Tom” intercept your traffic, they will neither know where it originated from nor can they access its content.

Pro Tip – With TuxlerVPN, you can also install an extension on Google Chrome and Firefox. No need for a separate installation.

Use a Proxy Server

Using a proxy is also an easy method to switch your IP address to a random one. All you need to do is get a proxy IP from a provider. Once you get it, set it up on any application. This will route all traffic from that application via that server.

As you can guess, the downside of this method is that only that application’s traffic will be protected. Or you will need to set it up across all applications. Otherwise, your original IP address will still be visible in communication originating from these other applications. Moreover, not all proxy servers are reliable or effective enough. Some tend to monitor your traffic, throttle speed, or worse, make you more vulnerable to malware and phishing attacks.

Use the Tor Project

The Tor Project, short for The Onion Routing, is open-source software that provides IP switching. While it’s similar to how a VPN works, Tor uses a relay network to route your traffic. This relay network is handled by a group of volunteers. Your traffic hops from one relay to another (at least two hops) before it reaches the destination (a website, for instance). This multi-hopping routing is what makes it an effective option to hide your IP.

Tor also provides end-to-end encryption, but it also comes with the risk of poor security. The community-driven relay network is prone to be occupied by hackers and anti-social elements, who may get access to your web traffic or location through the onion routing process.

There are other ways like requesting your ISP or using another network to change your IP address, but the above three are the only ways to hide it. If you don’t plan to change your ISP or use a secondary network for your browsing and other needs, it’s wise to use one of these methods.

For best protection, we recommend using a VPN. Explore TuxlerVPN and experience the power of a residential virtual private network.

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