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There are times when you would want o hide or mask your IP Address reasons being:Hiding your geographical location, preventing Web tracking, avoiding a digital footprint, or to bypass any content filters, bans or blacklisting.
These are some of the popular ways to hide your IP address:
- Use Tor Browser
- Use a VPN Service
- Use a Proxy Server
- Use Public WiFi
TOR BROWSER - The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.
VPN SERVICE - There are heaps of VPN services available such as ExpressVPN, that will mask your IP Address. There are many more advantages to using a personal VPN service over a proxy such as high speed bandwidth, usability, a secure connection, private access to blocked sites, and the ability to choose the country and city where you appear to be.
PROXY SERVER - A proxy server can be useD to re-route your browser. There are risks involved in using masking your IP address with a proxy: Many will slow down your internet connection, some are run on compromised machines, and may not be legal in some countries.
USE PUBLIC WIFI - If you simply go to a place where there is a Wi-Fi Hot Spot such as coffee shop, bookstore or hotel lobby and tap into their Wi-Fi, you will temporarily hide your usual IP address as you are using their network's IP address for as long as you're online.
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