Hide my IP guide

In making policy designed with copyright in mind, you end up making decisions about whether other important technologies, such as privacy-enhancing or file-search technologies, should be encouraged or discouraged. A collision is happening between creativity and protecting IP. 

Edward Felten

Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University

Hide my IP

Innovation happens due to a number of people that are trying and doing a lot of things.

The Internet is one of the innovations that like no other thing have influenced our lives a lot.

It has turned into an inevitable part of our humdrum life. With the introduction of the technology the course of human development has acquired absolutely different vector.

Such elements as our health services, education, budget, household duties, and even social activity have been transferred to the digital environment. We are infinitely indebted to computer engineers and scientists for this newly-designed product that is still being improved.

The same as our physical environment, the internet bears together good and bad consequences for our life experience. Such concerns as multiplicity of useful services, time-saving scientific computing machinery, space systems, online education and communication with people from all over the globe stand against such difficulties as computer fraudulence, hacker attacks, data losses, confidential information exposure and leaks, copyright and censorship.

The situation makes us think about protective measures for network environment. As it has been stated by Edward Felten, while making policy created with copyright it is difficult to decide on privacy enhancing technologies.


Continuing with the theme of copyright, geo-restrictions and filtering systems, it should be stated that they are regularly based on IP addresses. The point is that everything on the internet starting from files sharing to communication is based on different algorithms of action and protocols. To see it as a general picture, you should have at least a slight vision of how it works. So, what an IP is.


What is my IP?

IP is an Internet Protocol Address which is used for communicating in IP network. Such addresses are assigned to any connected device whether it is tablet, phone, laptop, PC, etc.

It is used for a device identification and communication with other gadgets on the network. In this regard any device connected to IP network should have a unique address.

As you can see, the word ‘address’ has been adopted to the network as well as addresses of houses in different cities are used for identifying their location on the map. There are different types of addresses. Therefore, you should have a deeper look at their system of naming.


Traditional IP address

A new version of traditional IP address

It is also known as IPv4 and runs a 32-bit number to perform an address. It defines network as well as host address. Note that a host address is an IP’s portion that defines a device, which requires a LAN adapter or NIC.


4 billion unique numbers are roughly provided by a 32-bit number.

The IP address includes four decimal numbers from 0 up to 255 divided by dots.

It is called IPv6 and has been designed to provide you with a limitless number of unique addresses.


The address consists of 128-bit number.

The standard format of IPv6 address looks like this: X:X:X:X:X:X:X:X, where X is a hexadecimal number, consisting of 4 symbols of hexadecimal system.


IP network has also acquired specification. Therefore, there are three main classes of them. Any class of a network can be identified by a computer by using first three bits (A=000; B=100; C=110). Later the system based on classes was changed for Classes Inter-Domain Routing for more efficiency in operation.


Network address

Number of hosts




524, 288



262, 144



131, 072


/8 (1-126)



/16 (128-191)



/24 (192-223)



There are also public and private IPs.

But what is the difference between public and private IP addresses?

The measure has been applied for avoiding address conflict. Such addresses as web or mail servers fit into this group. These are devices that need to be publicly identified.

Those devices that don’t need to be publicly identified can come with private addresses for making them identified within one company, for instance. Thus, a company’s printer can be assigned with a private address to prevent the rest of the internet users from running it. Certain address block has been implemented for private usage by NIC. So, private addresses use the following blocks:


Starting IP address

Ending IP address





There is also one more type of addresses known as loopback IP address.

What is a loopback address?

The address is used to access itself. As you know, a ‘loop’ is a set of instructions that is being continually repeated till a certain condition is achieved. It is a so-called virtual IP that is not associated with hardware interface. For Linux lovers it is known as a localhost or loO. It is used for testing network software while avoiding its installation.

What is identified by IP?

If you have ever asked yourself whether someone is able to track you down by knowing your IP address, you are on the right way, as if you haven’t applied some additional protection-enhancing technologies for your system, your address as well as some of your data are exposed to the internet.

What is a loopback addressNevertheless, the answer varies depending on a lot of showings. So, what exactly can a user interested in your online activity learn from your address?

⇒ Here is the answer:

  • Your region, city or town when you are on the internet

So, provided that you connect to the internet from your apartments, it can show a location several miles away (even 25 miles away).

While connecting to the internet through a public Wi-Fi hotspot, your ‘home’ address won’t be seen, but a general location’s area. Therefore, your physical location can be easily identified.

  • Proxy server

In case if you run a proxy server, it can be seen from your IP address by any ISP or prying eyes.

  • Type of your device

If needed, a person can find out whether you run a PC, tablet, laptop, netbook, phone or etc. It can be also revealed through your address.

  • OS

What operation system you run.

  • Browser

What browser you use for surfing while being online at the moment of identification.

  • User agent

The client application one uses is revealed for the prying eyes.

  • Screen size

The size of the monitor you use to access the Internet is easily identified by means of you IP as well.

  • Cookie

Data patch send by web servers and stored on user gadgets is easily determined, making your location known for everyone.

  • Javascript

Javascript is usually used as in-line language for applications program access.

All this data can be checked by you through the internet if you are to look for ‘my ip address’ through your search engine in browser.

Can I be tracked through my IP?Can I be tracked through my IP?

The chances increase if you do something illegal (according to the laws of the region you live in).

However, while being of interest to some third parties, you can be tracked back through your address, cookie files and Javascript.

In case if a third party has suspected you of some illegal activity, they can ask for a permission to appeal to your ISP for some details of your actions. In this regard your ISP can be obliged by the law to hand your company’s contract with such data as your name and physical address.

Unfortunately, this can identify a person who pays a monthly bill for the internet service usage, but not a desired person who has achieved access to the network. In this regard, anyone can become a victim of a hacker. Therefore, for 99% of all users, the thing poses risks.   

The reasons why people look for additional solutions to hide their addresses differ.

Here are just some of them, which can coincide with your personal needs:

  • To hide identity from competitors. While commenting some of your outcomes or your competitor’s ones, you can reveal your identity, which can lead to some undesired consequences.
  • To hide your geographical location. As you know, some networks prevent users from accessing their resources by filtering addresses from blocked regions.
  • To prevent website tracking. Probably, all of us are fed up with targeted ads. All it takes is to choose sun glasses and you will be sent ads with different kinds of glasses down to optical glass. 

As you might have noticed, it’s easier as it may seem to gather some confidential data on you through your address.

IP Address Spoofing Attacks

There are many spoofing attack methods, however IP address spoofing attack is one of the most popular among cyber adversaries.

So, how this kind of attacks is committed:


IP packets are routed from a fake (or spoofed) resource address to a ‘victim’. By this mean the address makes itself hindered. Therefore, the method is frequently used in DDoS-attacks that make a website or a network overloaded by accessing it through legal at first sight addresses. Actually, there is a couple of efficient ways used by an adversary to overload a targeted object (websites, networks, web-resources).


The first way implies flooding a selected target with packets sent from multiple spoofed addresses. The approach is applicable for intentional sending a heavy traffic that the addressee is not able to handle.

The second option is to make a target’s address spoofed for sending packets from the IP to other recipients and addresses. When receiving such a packet it is automatically rerouted by a machine or a connected device to a sender. Once the packets are sent from the target’s IP, all the responses are to be routed to this address.

Besides, the method of cyberattacks is widely used for avoiding IP address filtering authentication. If there are trust-based relationships between machines on a network or systems, the process can be fulfilled. In this case trust relationships use IP addresses instead of user’s loggings.

Thus, a spoofing attack can be used by malicious parties to access machines with the permissions and avoid the trust-based system security measures applied for its protection.

So, this is just one of the commonest cases when adversaries run IP addresses for turning it to account. However, it doesn’t mean you should get rid of all the connected devices and gadgets you have. But it signalizes you need to pay attention to the measures of protection in use. Probably, they need additional enhancement or substitution.

Along with all the ways of your IP misusage we’ve already mentioned, there is a possibility to make your network compromised, vulnerable or infected by ignoring the ways of protection.

  • Firstly, you need to run antivirus software regardless any additional protection you’ve already installed on your connected device.
  • Secondly, you need to countercheck reliability of the sources you get letters from. As long as sometimes an adversary doesn’t need to recourse to spoofing usage, as it can send a phishing email and get his/her way.
  • Thirdly, you should pay attention to the protocol the websites you visit uses. All up-to-date web-based services and sites have migrated to HTTPS, as it offers more sustainable way of online data transferring.  
  • Also, when using several networks, emails, website where logging is required, don’t forget to create unique loggings and passwords for each new service. Being afraid of info forgetting, you can run a password manager, which is to keep all the data protected from unauthorized access and private for you.   

How can I hide my IP?

As soon as it may seem pretty intrusive, if speaking about vulnerability of your IP address, you may need some additional technologies to be applied for your system in aid of self-safeness. If a person can learn your geo-location through the address of your connected device, you need to hinder it from any prying eyes.

Luckily, our addresses are not included in the guide list like old-fashioned phone books. Therefore, there are some opportunities you can use to get your address hidden from strangers.


With the introduction of the internet, online protection has become a necessity for users from all over the world.

Actually, the internet is pretty anonymous in many ways. That is why more often than not people pose their networks under risks by establishing relationships, business, and privacy online.

You should make it a habit to avoid such cases of giving away your true name and personal data online, particularly, when talking about some unfamiliar companies and individuals.

Most average users do nothing illegal online, but the ‘dark’ side of the internet, in every sense of the word, hides some users that play it close the edge. So, instead of pacing the floor in a brown study, you need to learn about some useful methods for your online protection.

There are different ways of shifting your authentic address from the internet. Here are just some of them.

Will a proxy server mask my IP address?

Will a proxy server mask my IP address?

If you have ever been interested in proxies, you have already seen that there are plenty of free web proxy servers on the internet that you can use to hide your address and to browse the internet anonymously.

Browsing through a proxy implies that you access a website indirectly, but you are routed through an intermediate participant called ‘proxy’. In its turn a proxy sends the information back and further between your connected device and a website you interact with.

Nevertheless, you shouldn’t rely on free proxy service, as there are some essential disadvantages of the service. Unfortunately, proxy servers have the cache system that stores all the data you insert when visiting your bank accounts and other websites you are registered on.

In this case a proxy provider has a possibility to intercept the data and use it for his personal needs. Therefore, having decided to run a proxy service, it is advisable to run a paid service or a dedicated one in order to avoid such a situation.

Moreover, usage of SSL or TLS for data encryption is not enough for safe surfing, as there are many data losses, leaks and exposure, which can lead to undesired consequences and make your confidential data used by some third parties such as hackers.

As soon as any blocked website can be accessed with a proxy server for the avoidance of data losses you need a high-rated encryption methods used for traffic ciphering and locking. Unfortunately, when talking about proxies, the level of protection is pretty low.

Advantages of proxy servers 

  • smiley IP masking
  • smiley access to some blocked content
  • smiley compatible with the majority of browsers

Disadvantages of proxy servers

  • sadshort term of stable work
  • saduser search story is kept on servers
  • sadworks with HTTP protocols only
  • saddoes not protects against hacking attacks through plug-ins and XSS.

What are the most common types of proxies?

There are several types of proxies that need to be known if you are concerned about your privacy and online security. Each provides a certain level of anonymity, and some are more secure than others.

Proxies are divided into five main types, including:

  • Web-based proxies

The most common and user-friendly proxies. They are represented as servers that you connect to via a browser in order to visit a required website anonymously.

  • Open proxies

This type is often not secure and usually contains malicious software, therefore being recommended to avoid.

  • Anonymity networks

This technology is  represented by private networks that are provided by users donating bandwidth. Usually they are incredibly slow and fairly insecure, because of the fact that host bandwidth can’t be hosted.

  • Paid proxy software

Such programs are used to mask your actual IP address hiding your internet traffic and real geo-location while browsing the Internet. Proxy software programs make your internet activity untraceable and non-identified by anyone. In such a way you can surf the web wherever you are without worrying about data leakage.

  • Proxy chain

hide-my-ip-addressNowadays, the most untraceable VPNs utilize TOR, supposing that all network traffic is required to use TOR. This redirection is realized by configuring built-in system package iptables. But if you operate on the other system and do not want to change it to Windows, just download special software from the net.

Will Tor cover my IP address?

Tor, which is also known as the Onion Router, has been designed as a free software program, which hides an actual IP address every time your data is sent or requested from the Internet. The transported process is provided with heavy-duty encryption that means your traffic passes under strong privacy protection.

How does Tor work?


Tor technology is based on the usage of a series of computers located across the world. Its main principle is to hide your IP address and make your internet connection harder to monitor. Instead of a single request from point A to point B, your device transmits layered requests, each one is encrypted individually. Then your traffic is relayed from various Tor nodes in a non-systematic fashion, until finally reaching requested destination.


One of the greatest features is that each node possesses info only about the one last previous jump and its next direction. In such a way, an attacker would have to trace your entire pathway over the Tor net in order to disclose your identity. Beyond all doubts, the Tor theory does not work perfectly providing 100% privacy and anonymity, but it actively works to improve the network.

hide-my-ip-addressTor is one of the best anonymizing tools, also used by netizens concerned about personal security and the others trying to avoid geo-restrictions initiated by the government.

If you look for the simplest version of the onion routing, just download the Tor browser. It has been created as a customized version of Firefox, but just like using a VPN, slows down connection speeds.

Advantages of Tor

  • smiley user anonymity

Disadvantages of Tor

  • sadslow data transferring rate
  • sadnot hacking attacks-resistant
  • sadonly client is anonymous, but not the server

Will a VPN hide my IP?

In short: The service known as a VPN suggests a connection to another network. Having connected to it, you receive another address for your device from the provider. All the traffic is routed through the network, so your true address assigned by your ISP becomes invisible even for the internet provider. Though your true network may be geographically restricted, you get access to different networks, which also make you free on the internet.

In details: Having realized that you are ill-equipped, you have a chance to subscribe for an iron-fisted technology called a VPN. Public networks as well as you home one can cause great troubles to your system and vulnerable data. Moreover, there are plenty of people that have to access their company’s private servers remotely. While doing it through an unprotected network you pose a risk for your company’s business secrets.

What happens to your data with a VPN?

A VPN makes sharing data through a public hotspot protected from multiple threats while allowing its users to establish internet connections through private network. As well as a firewall protects your device from uncontrolled penetrations, a VPN protects you on a public network.

A VPN is technically WAN; however, the first end remains secure and private for your operation. A simplified formula of VPN’s work resembles the following:


Your connected device D


VPN server D


The Internet

‘sees’ your IP:


On this account, VPNs are so popular with business entities, as a way of connecting to remote centers and affiliated companies safely. Additionally, the networks have become common among individual customers.

But why?

The reason is simple as that: average users want to achieve p2p sharing with the use of the service.

A VPN is a so-called symbiosis of dedicated address and strong encryption. So, even if an adversary decides to sniff some data from your transferred traffic, it will be impossible, as everything has undergone strong encryption.

Advantages of VPN

  • smiley real anonymity for subscribers
  • smiley user-friendly interface
  • smiley traffic encryption
  • smiley geographical restrictions bypassing

Disadvantages of VPN

  • sad more expensive as compared to other services

Hide my IPHow does a VPN hide my IP?

A VPN is a common technology for many individuals, however, there are few people that know how it works. So, any VPN service maintains some basic functions:

  • Physical location spoofing

When connecting to the internet through a VPN your actual IP address assigned by your ISP is substituted by a VPN’s one. Moreover, you are free to choose any virtual location from the list of servers offered by a provider. Therefore, a VPN user can easily bypass any content filters, as soon as they are based on addresses filtering. So, while living in Canada you can run the US network and etc.

  • Secure tunneling

Having established a VPN connection, there is a safe tunneling created between your connected device and a VPN server. The tunneling is enhanced with the usage of up-to-date protocols. Therefore, as it has been already mentioned, provided that an adversary manages to sniff some of your data from transferred traffic, it will be impossible to take it to pieces, as it is thoroughly encrypted. There is pretty a wide choice of protocols:

- IPSec is generally used for securing internet communications. It has two different modes, which are ‘transport’ and ‘tunneling’. The first one is applied when packet message’s data is needed. The second one is used for encrypting the entire data packet. It is also used in combination with some other protocols to enhance the level of online defense. 

- L2TP is another strong protocol. It is stated that these two protocols in combination make your internet connection safeguarded. It can seem unimaginable, but L2TP doesn’t stand for encryption, however it creates a tunneling while some other protocols, such as IPSec encrypt all the traffic. It also checks whether all of sent or received protocols have arrived, which excludes the channel compromising.

- SSL and TLS. Usually online service providers use these two common protocols. In this case there are digital certificates or the means with the help of which two systems exchange encryption keys, authenticate the session, and create a safe connection. You might have already noticed that most of the websites have passed to new HTTPS protocol, which makes their online services more fool-proof for customers.

How to hide my IP address for free?- PPTP is a protocol that has been used since mid 90s. It is compatible with numerous platforms, but as well as L2TP it doesn’t provide encryption. Instead it tunnels and encapsulates data packets. Although it has been stated to be lack of security, the protocol stays one of the most usable and safest.

Select by criteria

- SSH is the protocol which creates a tunneling and maintains encryption, which is used for its protection.  The usage of the protocol allows customers to route insecure traffic through an encrypted channel. However, the data itself is not encrypted, but the channel it is routed through is. It is used for forwarding traffic from a local port to a remote one. The entire generated traffic passing between these two participants is routed through the channel. In this regard, so long as remote servers allow outgoing connections, restriction bypass will work. It also offers to bypass firewalls enabled to block WAN in some countries like China.

  • High level of anonymity

Some customers look for additional anonymity level enhancement when subscribing for a VPN. However, you should have an excessively high level of attention, as you will have to read the terms of usage and privacy policy.

Otherwise, you go nap on getting into trouble. A good reliable service offers its output along with such conditions as a money-back guarantee or/and a free trial version. You should make sure the service accepts the most convenient payment methods for you.


Besides, you should remember that crypto-currency is still considered as one of the most anonymous payment method. Also, you need to make sure the client-account procedure doesn’t ask for too much of your personal data.

An ordinary set of needed data is your true email address and a password. Provided that all the conditions are met, you will get a desired level of online anonymity.


  • VPN’s add-ons

Besides the basic functions, different services have to offer some additional technologies being developed by their company for the service improvement. There are such common add-ons as kill switch, warrant canary, server speed enhancers and etc.

So, having decided to hide your IP address with a first-class service, you will have to tinker with the issue or place confidence on our ready-made specified ratings.


How to hide my IP address for free?

As soon as a VPN is a great solution for your IP hindering, we should view all sides of the question. As well as paid services there are numerous free outputs on the internet too.

Surely, you might be happy to subscribe for a free service, as in this case you save your money. However, you should be ready for some unexpected consequences.

  • A VPN service permits making any Internet activity safer. You shouldn’t forget that an approximate product must be supplied with customer service and constant updating. That is why if you want to receive good user’s supporting and be sure that in any case you will be given expert’s help, undoubtedly, choose a paid version.
  • What is more, many VPN companies allow their customers testing their VPN version before the paid content purchasing. Eventually, each client is guided by his or her financial possibilities.
  • Another important moment is that free VPN services can’t protect your privacy at the same level as paid VPN services do. You can easily download a free VPN and if you are a newbie you will definitely mention that it is quite difficult to work in it without any support. Having examined all the monetizing factors, even the best free VPNs won’t match all your needs if you don’t agree to come across these endless advertisements or you do not want to have any sort of restrictions using the free version.
  • Any customer should also remember that even super free VPN can’t be absolutely trustworthy, secure, safe, and reliable. In addition it can be noticed that hardly any free VPN service provides download fast performance. If you want to find fast secure VPN for free you should ask yourself one more time whether free VPN can be so secure, particularly speaking about those VPNs, which use your storing data and even logging to sell it to a third party that may be interested in such kind of information.
  • Today, paid VPNs have prices that stretch across a wide spectrum — from $1 per month to $20 per month. Although, the premium VPNs with exciting offerings within the $5 to $10 per month range.


Paid VPN

Free VPN

yes good supporting

no No supporting

yes  $1-$20 USD/month subscription

no $0.00 USD/month subscription

yes no ads/restrictions

no ads/speed, location, bandwidth and  other restrictions

yes more reliable

no less reliable



Sometimes we have to use a free VPN service according to the circumstances, but when you are able to afford a paid one think twice before coming to a decision.

And here are some more reasons why:

  • unsafe or no encryption protocols;
  • IPv6 DNS and/or WebRTC leaks;
  • inconvenient queuing during a server accessing;
  • access to a very limited number of hosting servers;
  • bans on Torrenting and P2P sharing;
  • limited Linux platform support as well as limited devices support.

So, if you are really concerned about your IP address hiding, you should reconsider your attitude towards unintended investment.

How to hide my IP address with Chrome browser?

What is Incognito Mode in browser?

Incognito Mode has been developed for protecting your privacy when using it on a shared computer or a public place computer. It is known to save your confidentiality while surfing the internet from there. When running this built-in tool, you are stated to leave no traces in your computer history.

Here is a case on which you can consider the possibility:

Provided that you are a keen visitor of www.bestvpnrating.com, when starting filling in some alphabets of the websites name into the bar such as ‘bes’ you will get instant suggestions of the websites you have already visited under such a name.

All of the websites suggestions coincide with the websites that are stored on your browsers history. In that case if you open an incognito window to browse the website, you won’t be suggested the links as there is no data stored on your browser history. So, in this case you have a possibility to browse everything with your search engine or type the URLs directly in the address bar.

In this regard no one is able to look through your online activity from your browser history or look through your downloaded files, because the downloaded data is stored in hard disk (by default), but is not saved on the download history.

How to hide my IP address with Chrome browser?

When running the mode for surfing the internet any cookies are deleted automatically as soon as the session is over or the window is closed. It makes it great for public computers usage.

Multiple sessions: in this mode cookies are not shared to other windows. So, in this case you are able to login in different accounts of the same service simultaneously. For instance, you may login into your personal account on LinkedIn and make the same with your work account through a normal window.

Mode’s benefits:

  • A record of the files you download in this mode won’t be saved by your web browser;
  • Any downloaded data will be saved on your computer’s download folder. Therefore, any other user of your computer can see the files from the folder;
  • Websites that you visit and files that you download are not saved in your browser’s history;
  • All new cookies are deleted as soon as you close your incognito windows.

You may be surprised!

But you shouldn’t forget that the method has little in common with IP hindering. For instance, having entered your Google account and searched for something through the engine, all the data is stored in google web history.

This browsing mode won’t even save you from your ISP tracking, as every website you visit will be seen for it from your active IP address.

So, having decided to rely on Incognito Mode for shifting your IP address from prying eyes, you should find something more effective than an Incognito Mode.  

However, if you need a tool for leaving no traces after an internet session for your relatives to see, you can use the built-in technology without any doubts. In such a way, the service is out of use for shielding your IP address. 

How to hide my IP address when torrenting?

In compliance with many anti-piracy outfits, BitTorrent and other torrent engines and websites have put their business on hold. However, numerous non contented users have strained after finding new ways of protecting their privacy and bypassing the newly-applied restrictions.

Nevertheless, it’s pretty difficult to achieve a complete anonymity while torrenting online.

How to hide my IP address when torrenting?

Before passing to IP hindering you should understand how the system works. It is a well-known fact that a few years ago BitTorrent consumed 48% of the world traffic. Therefore, a new Copyright Alert System targeted BitTorrent traffic. Probably, the service is of a high use for piracy, but it is so just for those who are involved in piracy.

If speaking about the issue connected with BitTorrent protocol and its meaning, you might have already known that it is an effective decentralized p2p (peer-to-peer) protocol with fundamental advantages over other protocols used for online data transferring.

How does torrenting work?

Having downloaded a page from a website, your connected device sends a request to a server the website is based on and receives the page you see. And any computer in the scheme downloads the same page from the same server at the same time. This is a simplified way of how traffic on the internet works or transfers.

What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is a p2p protocol, which is used in a so-called ‘swarm’. A ‘swarm’ is a group of connected devices that download or upload the same torrent.

In this regard, the protocol helps to transfer the needed traffic between the devices without a necessity to connect to a central (website’s) server. If you want to enter a ‘swarm’, you need to download a .torrent file into your client.

After that the client contacts with a ‘tracker’. A ‘tracker’ is a specified server that tracks all the connected devices inside of a ‘swarm’. The server shares all the participant addresses in a ‘swarm’ with each other to perform data sharing.



What about ‘swarm’ connection?

Having connected to a ‘swarm’, your client partly downloads bits of the needed file. As soon as you have received some part of the data, your client can share it with other participants of the ‘swarm’.

In this regard, having downloaded a bit-part of a file you upload it to the swarm. This makes everyone’s download speed pretty enhanced. If compare it with a simple data server or website server, it will be overloaded as soon as at least 10.000 of users are downloading the same file.

In case with torrents, each downloader commits upload bandwidth to other downloaders, so that the rate of the speed is not decreased. It is also highly useful to learn that your client never actually downloads files from the tracker itself. The tracker participates in a process for monitoring all the IPs of swarm participants.


How does torrenting work?However there are two kinds of torrents: torrent trackers and trackless torrents.

Up-to-date technologies, such as decentralized torrents, which don’t require a central tracker-server, are used for connected devices to communicate with each other without a need for any central controlling element. 

As soon as you have got a common idea of torrent service, you can clearly understand that shifting or replacement of your authentic address is a great idea for your online protection. Having connected to a swarm, your address is automatically transferred to a tracker (in case there is such) and to other participants of the process.

Therefore, torrenting keen users have decided to rely on private trackers and some other useful tools.  In this case such factors as organization of their libraries, the quality of the shared files, and the dedication of their community play a great role in bulk.

Also, such services as this one have some of the best forums on the web. Unfortunately, the private sites do not make you more anonymous, as soon as your authentication address is visible for your peers and ISPs.

Moreover, resulting from the fact that you are just a smaller part of a website doesn’t mean that you are not a target of some government agencies that deal with online piracy. Besides, according to the latest data all torrenting activity is forbidden by law in the best part of countries.

Fortunately, it is still legal in Russia, Spain, Switzerland and some others. Therefore, having decided to connect to some torrenting websites you need to protect your IP address and traffic from uncontrolled interference.

How can I hide my IP?Conclusion

Internet Protocol Address which is used for communicating in IP network is assigned to any connected device whether it is tablet, phone, laptop, PC, etc. within a network.

What’s the purpose of IPs?

It has been developed for providing users communication through identification of their devices on the internet. There are different types of addresses, which have been introduced for various reasons.

Want to know the worst part?

Unfortunately, not all the data that can be identified through your address is a good thing for your privacy. Thus, according to this information, an adversary can learn about your geographical location (up to a street in a city), characteristics of your device, cookies and etc. Through the enumerated data an adversary can make up a full vision of a person identity, provided that a computer is not a public one.

VPN is a great way-out!

Having compared proxy servers, VPNs, built-in incognito modes and other up-to-date tools, you can see that the most effective way to prevent your identity from internet exposure is to subscribe for the best VPN.

As soon as the tool is the most effective due to its multi functionality, it can be useful not only for IP address hindering, but also for protecting all your confidential information.

Despite proxy servers, it encrypts all your generated traffic, which makes it impossible for adversaries to interfere into your personal business. For what it’s worth, you need to protect your identity from prying eyes while surfing the internet, therefore, you should consider some ways how to hide your IP address.

We strongly believe this Hide IP guide will help you to surf the Internet anonymously and protect your gadgets against hacking attacks. Also, we will be glad to see you in the comments!

Update: 14/05/2018
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devoted reader
December 16, 2017 0 

Bumped into this Hide IP guide while looking for the ways to know how to hide IP address when downloading? Having equipped with the VPN service (I’ve chosen NordVPN) I did the trick and bypassed all difficulties prepared by the country I live in and my ISP.

December 17, 2017 0 

You’ve made the right choice, subscribing for NordVPN. It is perfect for torrenting with its flash-light servers and reliable protocols.

November 19, 2017 0 

Am I right thinking that after I connect to public WiFi it is impossible to track me?

November 20, 2017 0 

In case a user connects to a public WiFi hotspot, he/she uses the IP offered by this hotspot. But it is extremely unsafe to use such networks. As all your traffic may undergo leak.

September 09, 2017 0 

Can I change my IP address without a VPN?

September 10, 2017 0 

Walter, it is possible, but not very effective. Proxies and Tor allow hiding your IP address, but if the special agencies want to identify you, they will manage to do it. With a VPN the chance to be tracked is minimized.

August 08, 2017 0 

Well, that’s impressive! I see I need a VPN. Will you help me to know how to hide ip address on iPhone 7?

August 09, 2017 0 

If you want to protect your iPhone 7, it is recommended to read this guide. Detailed instructions and short VPN reviews are presented there.