Do you want a quick and easy way to hide your IP address while browsing the Internet? Then, this guide is what you need to read.
If you don’t already know, IP stands for Internet Protocol. Your IP address is just like a home address for your device (smartphone or PC). It is a unique address that identifies your device whenever you connect to the Internet. Although every Internet connected device is assigned an IP address, this address changes from time to whenever the device connects to the Internet (unlike your house address that is fixed).
When browsing, one thing you should know is that your IP address is logged in by the website you are visiting. Websites do this so as to keep track of your activity online.
Why would you want to hide your IP address?
The major reason why you may need to hide your IP address is to keep your privacy. We all know and must have heard about spies or hackers (black hat) that track people through their online activities. They are able to track people through their IP address.
Also, some websites on the Internet are restricted to users from certain countries. The sites take note of a user’s location by the information contained in their IP address. As a result you may not be able to log on to a site that is restricted to your country. However, there’s a way around it; that’s where this tutorial comes in.
So, how can you hide your IP address in your phone or PC?
For hiding your IP address in your smartphone, it is either you do it the simple way – via a VPN app or through a proxy website – or the manual way – which is not that difficult if you try. For this tutorial, we’ll show you the easy way. This method can be replicated on your iOS devices as well as your PC.
The advantage of using a VPN app over a proxy site is because you can hide your IP address even when using apps on your phone that access the Internet. Using a VPN allows you to browse through a site or use an app anonymously without leaving your real IP information.
- Step 1: First, download and install “Hotspot Shield” app from your respective device store.
- Step 2: Run the app from your device.
- Step 3: Click on the “Connect” button to connect the VPN to the Internet. Doing this masks your device’s real IP address from the Internet.
- Step 4: When you are connected you can go further by changing your location. To do this, click on the drop down menu that shows you your current server location and select the country you want to appear as visiting from.
And you are done.
Note: The free version of Hotspot Shield comes with ads. If you hate ads, then you can get the paid Elite version which also comes with extra features.
Using a VPN app on your smartphone or PC is a very easy way to hide your IP address. You don’t need to learn any technical stuff before you are able to use it. Just download, install and make the necessary settings to get you started.