Why do i need to hide my ip?
There is a wealth of information & interest around hiding your real IP when going online.You may even have asked yourself the question: why hide my IP ?
If so, then let us explain some basic reasons why you may want to hide your IP.Every device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication, such as the internet, is given a numerical identifier commonly known as an IP address.
Like this example below showing the address line first followed by the Port number with each seperated by a colon:
184.108.40.206 : 53281
Whenever you access a website, the server you connect to logs your IP address and attaches it to all the other data the site can learn about you: your browsing habits, what you click on, how long you spend looking at a particular page.
So, whats the deal about this then?
Well, they may choose to sell this data to advertising companies who use it to tailor ads straight to you.This may explain why ads on the internet sometimes feel strangely pertinent to you and this is because they are.Your IP address can also be used to track your location, even when your location services are turned off !
In a way, your IP address is something of an ID card when you go online and as much as you wouldn’t want any would-be-scammer to have that: equally you wouldn’t want them to have your IP address either would you? This reason alone is enough for me to want to hide my ip.
The website owner can then capture your browsing habits including what products you showed an interest in , which pages you did not, what images you looked at or downloads did you made, etc etc.
You get the idea?
Below is a sample and basic IP capture, returning location down to the area of the city in which the user lives. Anyone with your IP address can do this, and while it won’t give out your actual home address or name to everyone, anyone with access to your ISPs customer data can find you fairly easily.
So, in essence it comes down to being street wise when you come online,
and who better to accompany you on the internet streets than IP Chum !
So in summary , there are multiple reasons for wanting to hide your IP address, most notably:
Stop Ad Networks from Tracking You
Hide Your Activity from Your ISP ( & others)
Keep Your Sensitive Personal Research Personal
Protect Your Data from Government Eyes
To bypass Geolocation obstacles
To escape the clutches of internet Marketers
Increase Security on Wi-Fi Hotspots
Bypass Network Restrictions
No matter your reasoning, hiding your IP address is an effective way to increase your privacy and security, and a sensible approach when going online. Remember you have the freedom to use the Internet however you like without being electronically stalked or your movements logged.There’s a seemingly endless number of people looking to track your data.So do the sensible thing and get to know a new chum in life…….