As you may or may not know your IP address or Internet Protocol Address, is a number used to identify hardware across a network. This number is responsible for allowing your device to communicate with other devices. For instance, without knowing your IP Address the computer or mobile device you’re using right now wouldn’t be able to get you to this site and read this paragraph.
What most people don’t know is that there are different types of IP’s and they do not all serve the same purpose. You have private IP’s, public IP’s, static IP’s and Dynamic Ip’s. Why is this important you ask? Well, you see as helpful as your IP address is it can also cause you a bunch of trouble.
Hiding Your IP Address
Since your IP address allows other devices to see your device and its location, you can imagine what a cybercriminal can do with that information. Yes, those damn criminals. Always finding bad ways to make good money. That’s where VPN’s come in handy.
A VPN or virtual private network is a paid service that, “takes your Internet connection and makes it more secure, helps you stay anonymous and helps you get around blocks and access censored sites.” There are many different VPN’s to choose from across the web so finding one is up to you. For 10 reasons why you might want to get one look below. List courtesy of NordVPN
10 Reasons To Hide Your IP Address
- Browse websites without leaving a trace of your identity.
- Access to streaming, wherever you are.
- Stay safe from snoopers looking to access your information.
- Protect yourself when using a Wi-Fi hotspot.
- Access websites that are not available to IP address’s geographic location.
- You can by-pass school or workplace restrictions.
- You can by-pass surveillance and national internet censorship.
- Hide your activity from your Internet Service Provider.
- You get to keep your private searches private.
- Access to internet freedom.
How To Find Your IP Address
What is my IP? Answering that question depends on your device. For devices with internet access, the easiest way to find your IP address is to simply do a Google Search for “what is my IP”? Once you hit search it will be right there in the top left corner. If you don’t have internet access things get a little more tricky.
To make things easier for you I’ve grabbed some easy to follow pictures from wikiHow to help you out.
Finding Your Private IP Address (Windows)
Finding Your Private IP Address (Mac)
Finding Your Private IP Address (Android)
Finding Your Private IP Address (iPhone)
Hopefully, the information here was able to help you. In addition, I hope you’ll now be able to help the next person you hear asking the question, “what is my IP?” If you have the time please let us know how you feel about this post. Leave a reply in the comment box below.
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