How to change your computer IP

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There are many purposes for wanting to change your IP address, from being anonymous to accessing content that is otherwise restricted. In this article I’ll take a look at the best way to change your IP address ensuring that you stay anonymous and secure online.

You obviously want to change your IP address for a specific purpose, lets face it, the majority of everyday users don’t concern themselves with their IP Address unless they have a specific task in hand. As already explained there can be a whole host of reasonable and legitimate reasons why you would want to change your IP Address and there are a few different ways in which this can be achieved.

The best way to change your IP Address

One of the most reliable methods is to use a service known as a Virtual Private Network or a VPN as they are known in abbreviated terms. Why this is considered the most reliable is because it allows you to stay connected to the internet via an alternative IP Address across the range of software that you use on your device, this can be a desktop, laptop, tablet or even a mobile phone, you can even make use of them on a range of other devices such as TVs and media boxes.

A common term mentioned for changing your IP address is a “proxy”, although it can definitely change your IP Address, there are some major disadvantages. These include; only changing your IP address on one specific application such as a web browser with the remaining software such as your email client, skype using your normal home IP address to them changing your IP but only very lightly, certain proxy servers although on the surface change your IP, are transparent which allows your origin IP or home IP to be disclosed.

If you’re considering a proxy as a way of reliably changing your IP Address then think again, it is not a catch all solution.

The most common reason for wanting to change your IP is to access content that is blocked in the location you’re in. This can be TV services such as Hulu and BBC iPlayer, sites like Facebook in countries such as China and also general sites that aren’t intended for your territory such as accessing US Netflix, which has a bigger range of movies, in Australia.

How a VPN works to change your IP

A VPN works by creating a secure tunnel over your home internet connection or even a public wifi connection and with this has the ability to alter your IP address on a permanent basis until you disconnect. When connecting to a VPN server you automatically take on the IP address of that server. So let’s say for example, you are in the UK but want to appear as if you’re in the US, you would connect to a US VPN server and from there on in, everything that you do on your computer appears to the outside world as if you’re in the US.

This would let you access sites that are only available to US residents such as Hulu or even protect your privacy when chatting online using certain services as it will appear as if you’re physically located in the US.

How do I get an IP Address changing VPN service

VPN services are provided by commercial VPN providers for public use. This in a nutshell means they are services that are charged for. However, for the job they do and the purpose they serve they are well worth spending cash on and the costs are minimal. Most reliable VPN services cost between US$5 – US$10 (Approx £3.26 – £6.53) per month and are usually cheaper the longer subscription you take. When you consider they allow you access to a wealth of restricted content and anonymise your internet connection, it is well worth it.

So now you know the best way to change your IP address, you need to know the best companies to sign up with.

Two excellent VPN services are IPVanish and VyprVPN, the reason these come highly recommended are the wealth of locations they have available. You can change your IP address and appear as if you’re in over 100 countries with both services combined. If you don’t fancy either of those two, there are plenty of other good providers listed in our VPN Comparison Guide, it’s a great place to start and compare reliable VPN providers.

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Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

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