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How to Hide Your IP Address

Think of your IP address as your house address in the internet. It identifies your device on the web and allows websites to send information back to you.

But just like you might not want everyone knowing your home address, there are reasons to hide your IP address.

Reasons to Hide IP Address

  1. Websites and advertisers track your online activity using your IP address. Hiding it makes your browsing habits more anonymous.

  2. Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, but less secure. Hiding your IP address adds an extra layer of protection for your data.

  3. Some countries restrict access to certain websites. Hiding your IP address lets you appear to be browsing from a different location, potentially bypassing these restrictions.

Ways to Hide IP Address

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and route it through a remote server. It is a good choice for protecting your privacy on public Wi-Fi networks or overcoming geo-restrictions. However, VPNs can introduce some slowdown to your internet connection.

Proxy Server

Proxy servers act as intermediaries between your device and the internet. Your traffic is routed through the proxy server, which hides your IP address from the websites you visit.

Proxy servers can be free or paid, and they offer varying levels of security and anonymity. For maximum anonymity, it is best to choose elite anonymous proxies. 

Tor (The Onion Router)

Tor offers a unique way to anonymize your internet traffic and hide your IP address.

Unlike VPNs with centralized servers, Tor utilizes a decentralized network of volunteer relays to cloak your online activity. 

How to Hide your IP with a VPN

1. Choose Your VPN Provider:

Research and select a reputable VPN service. Consider factors like security features, server locations, connection speeds, and pricing. Popular options include ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and ProtonVPN.

2. Download and Install the VPN App:

Head to your chosen VPN provider’s website and download the app for your device (computer, phone, tablet). The installation process is usually straightforward and guided by the app itself.

3. Sign Up and Log In:

Launch the VPN app and create an account if you haven’t already. Use the credentials you received during registration to log in.

4. Select a Server Location:

The VPN app will display a list of available server locations around the world. Choose a server based on your needs. For basic privacy, any server will do. To access geo-restricted content, pick a server in the desired region.

5. Connect to the VPN:

Simply click the “Connect” button or its equivalent within the app. The app will establish a secure tunnel between your device and the chosen VPN server. Your internet traffic will now be encrypted and routed through the server, effectively hiding your IP address.

How to Hide your IP with TOR

1. Download the Tor Browser Bundle:

Head over to the official Tor Project website. Download the Tor Browser Bundle compatible with your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux).

2. Install and Run the Tor Browser:

The downloaded file is typically a self-extracting archive. Once extracted, run the application to launch the Tor Browser. This browser is pre-configured to route your traffic through the Tor network.

3. Initializing the Connection:

Upon launching the Tor Browser, you might encounter a message about configuring the Tor network. The program will guide you through this process, which may involve selecting bridge relays if you’re in a region with restricted Tor access.

Building a secure Tor connection can take some time as it establishes a multi-layered path through the relay network. Be prepared for slower browsing speeds compared to your regular internet connection.

4. Verify Your New Identity:

Once connected, open a new tab in the Tor Browser and search for “what’s my IP address.” You should see an IP address different from your original one, indicating your successful cloaking under the Tor network.

6. Explore Anonymously (with Caution):

With your IP address hidden, you can now browse the web anonymously. Remember, Tor anonymizes your traffic, but it doesn’t guarantee complete invisibility online. Be cautious when accessing sensitive information or engaging in activities that might be restricted in your region.

7. Closing the Onion Ring:

When you’re finished browsing anonymously, close the Tor Browser window. This disconnects you from the Tor network and helps maintain the overall health of the network for other users.

How to Hide your IP with Proxy Servers

1. Choose a Proxy Service or Find a Free Proxy:

There are paid proxy services offering various levels of anonymity and features. Alternatively, you can find free proxy lists online, but be cautious as their reliability and security can be suspect.

2. Locate Your Proxy Settings:

The method to configure proxy settings will vary depending on your device and operating system. Here’s a general guideline:

  • Windows: Go to Settings > Network & internet > Proxy. Under “Manual proxy setup,” toggle “Use a proxy server” to “On.” Enter the proxy server address and port number obtained from your chosen service or list.
  • Mac: Open System Preferences > Network. Select your network connection and click “Advanced.” In the “Proxies” tab, check the box next to the specific protocol (e.g., HTTP proxy) and enter the proxy server address and port.
  • Mobile Devices: Proxy settings for mobile devices are typically located within the Wi-Fi or network settings menu. Consult your device’s manual or search online for specific instructions for your model.

3. Apply the Proxy Settings:

Once you’ve entered the proxy server address and port, save the changes. Your internet traffic will now be routed through the chosen proxy, masking your IP address.


Choosing the best method depends on your specific needs. Complete anonymity online is difficult to achieve, but these tools can significantly enhance your online privacy.

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