Advertising
Advertising

3 Easy Solutions For Hiding Your Public IP Address

3 Easy Solutions For Hiding Your Public IP Address

Ever Thought About Hiding Your IP Address?

The internet can be a fantastic tool, but with an option as powerful as it has become comes some great risk. Identity theft, spyware, spam, and an utter lack of privacy all come when you’re browsing from almost anywhere in the world, but you do have an option. You can hide your IP address. With a few simple steps, you can safely browse almost any site from anywhere in the world, even if you’re using a more public WiFi connection.

The Basics

Not even sure what an IP address is? IP stands for Internet Protocol, and put simply, it’s a way for one computer (or tablet or phone) to communicate with another one on the internet. It literally connects you to all of the other digital devices online right now. Your IP address is four numbers, and they contain one to three digits each. So it could be something like 76.103.2.567 or 98.102.56.32. No matter what yours actually is, though, it’s those four numbers that allows you to send and receive data online.

Advertising

IP addresses are either static or dynamic, which means they either change or don’t change. Static IP address remain the same all of the time, and they always tell where you’re located. Dynamic addresses, though, are borrowed from a pool of options every time you log on.

What Your IP Reveals

If someone can gain access to your IP address, they can learn all kinds of things about you. For example, they can take a closer look at which provider you’re using to connect to the internet. They might be able to locate the city you’re in. If they’re really good at getting information online, they can track you down to your name and address, though that’s both rare and illegal.

Advertising

Does It Really Matter?

The simple reality is that hiding your IP address matters quite a bit. When you hide your IP address, you’re guaranteeing that all of the data you send and receive is completely encrypted. Even if someone wanted to take a look, steal your information, or infect your computer, they couldn’t. It’s the perfect way to make certain no one is snooping around your connection if you’re out and about, but you still want the ability to shop, bank online, or connect to a network where security is a concern.

If you’re a downloader, you’ve probably already heard at least a bit about hiding your IP address. Even if you’re downloading legally, you can easily end up on some company’s bad side because you have a torrenting app installed. Hiding your IP address gives you the security you need when you’re downloading anything.

Advertising

The Bottom Line

The internet should be a completely free and open space, and you have the right to make sure all of your communications are secure and encrypted within that space. An unsecured connection means that someone is reading what you say and what you do at all times. Hiding your IP address puts an end to that immediately.

I’m Convinced. What’s Next?

Ready to hide your IP address? You probably should be. Fortunately, it’s easier than you think. There are several security tools that offer you this service. Take a look at these three.

Advertising

  • IPinator VPN: This service is fairly new to the security world, but the reviews are amazing. They offer a minimalist layout, and their claim is that they hold more than 2000 IPs that are continually located and cleaned, so you always get a reliable connection, no matter where you are.
  • Hide My Ass VPN: Easily one of the biggest services on the market today, this UK-based option offers three different packages as well as access to 860 servers across 190 countries, so you have a huge number of available IP addresses when you sign up with them.
  • Private Internet Access: This service has been at the top of best lists by sites like PCMag for years. It makes it simple for users to surf both online and privately. It offers both basic functionality as well as advanced options.

Stop everyone from looking over your shoulder when you hit the web next. Choose a service that will keep you as secure as possible.

Featured photo credit: IP address graffiti via flickr.com

More by this author

Rob Boirun

CEO The Reviewster Network

Physical Sunscreens vs. Chemical Sunscreens – The Argument 5 Ways Standing At Your Desk Can Help Make You Healthier 5 Tips To Find Inspiration For Your Writing 5 Ways To Supplement Your Income From Home 5 Reasons that Stay at Home Parents Should Consider Learning to Trade Forex

Trending in Technology

1 5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun 2 10 Best Task List Apps Out There for Getting Stuff Done 3 20 Google Search Tips to Use Google More Efficiently 4 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast 5 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

Advertising

750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

    Advertising

    ohlife

      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

      oneword

        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

        Advertising

        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

          Advertising

          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

          Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

          Read Next