What is My IP Address / WhatsMyIP?
What is an IP Address?
The term ‘IP’ stands for Internet Protocol. An IP Address is given to each device connected to the Internet which will then allow that device to send and receive data from other devices.
What does my IP Address Tell About Me?
Your IP address can mainly reveal your location. Your ISP (Internet service provider) can also be detected by looking at your IP address.
Does my IP Address Show My Exact Physical Location?
By looking at your IP address, one can get a general idea of your geographical location, but they won’t be able to exactly pinpoint the location of your house. Keep in mind that most ISPs change periodically change their clients IP addresses. That means the IP address you are using today might not be the same one you get tomorrow.
Who Can See My IP Address Location?
Basically, any website you visit or app you use can detect your IP address. Some geo-blocked websites like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go, block you from watching their content based on your IP address which reveals your location.
How Can I Change or Hide My IP Address?
There are several tools that you can deploy to hide or change your IP address. Tor, VPN, proxies, and Smart DNS are the main methods used to spoof online location. You can use the following tools to make it appear that your streaming device is based in a different location or country.
Tor is short for The Onion Browser. When using the Tor Browser, your traffic is sent through different Tor server making it very difficult to trace your online activity. In other words, you can browse the web anonymously.
A proxy server is an intermediary between your computer and the Internet. When connected to a proxy server, a proxy requests to websites and other servers on the Internet for you. This process has multiple benefits including the ability to unblock websites that would usually be banned in your region.
VPN means ‘virtual private network’. It is used by companies and large corporation to protect private data. When you are connected to a VPN server, all your traffic is encrypted. Your real IP address is hidden. The websites you visit will only see the IP address of the VPN server you are connected to.
Smart DNS essentially is a proxy service. While Smart DNS does not change your IP address like VPN, it still allows you to unblock and access geo-restricted channels and websites that block you based on your location.
Why Would I Change my IP Address?
If you want to hide your true identity and online location, you have to change your IP address. Bypassing geo-restrictions as well as unblocking websites your ISP might have blocked also requires a change of IP address.