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. This IP is one of the unique markers that are used to identify you on the Internet, and IP allows online websites to :
- Know your location
- Offer you services or advertisements based on your location
- Block you from accessing videos or other services based on your location
Apart from that it also allows hackers to attack your devices directly as they do know on which door to knock.
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. If legal action against your is in the run, your ISP might be legally required to report your exact address. Keep in mind that most ISPs periodically change their clients’ IP addresses. That means the IP address you are using today might not be the same one you get tomorrow.
Why Should I Change/Hide My IP Address?
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. If you use a VPN for that purpose -see below- it can also provide you with reasonable protection against hackers.
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 as if your streaming device is based in a different location or country.
VPN means ‘virtual private network’. It is used by companies and large corporations to protect private data. When you are connected to a VPN server, all your traffic is encrypted, your real IP address and your private information including what sites you visiting is hidden. and The websites you visit will only see the IP address of the VPN server you are connected to. Here’s how you establish a VPN connection:
- Subscribe to a credible VPN service provider. According to market rankings, ExpressVPN is the best option.
- Once you create an account, download their application from their official website or your native App Store.
- Activate the VPN client and log in with your VPN account.
- Connect to a server according to what your needs are.
- Now, to see if the connection is established, check your new IP using our IP Verifier above (Just refresh the page).
- You can now browse the web anonymously.
Depending on the VPN server you choose to connect to, you get to switch your online location to almost any country you like. You can use this process with other reputable VPNs as well. Check them out in the table below.
Tor is short for The Onion Browser. When using the Tor Browser, your traffic is sent through different Tor servers 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, 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.
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.
The short version
Your IP does expose more information than one might expect. If you want to hide your true identity and online location, you have to change your IP address. This can be done by any means mentioned above. As an additional benefit of changing your IP address you will be able to bypass geo-restrictions as well as unblocking websites your ISP might have blocked. We do have a comments section below for your inquiries.