Your IP Address is:
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There are tons of valid reasons why you want to change your IP address which is, essentially, your identity online.
When you (your computer) visits websites, the amount of information about your computer that is immediately revealed to these websites is staggering.
Changing or hiding your IP gives you the online privacy you deserve and helps protect you against hackers.
Every single computer on the internet has an IP address. It is impossible to be online and not have an IP address. An IP address is your online physical address which is necessary so that websites know where to route or send web page and related files to.
When your computer connects to a websites computer, without an IP address, the website has no idea where to send the files and pages that makes up the website. The key to online privacy is to have every online location you visit see ANOTHER computers IP address and all the information it reveals, rather than your own.
An IP address is a series of four numbers, each between 0 - 255, separated by a dot or period. Examples of an IP address include:
If you are NOT hiding your IP address then all this information is revealed to any any website you visit and your ISP. If you engage in any shady activity online such as torrent downloads, illegal music downloads, etc., if you are not hiding or masking your IP address law enforcement can very easily use this information to track down your exact physical address.
Visit our what your IP address reveals about you page to see just some of the information your IP address, right now, is revealing about your computer. Another real danger with an exposed IP address is a less than ethical website can use the information your IP address reveals to hack into your computer.
There are two basic ways to change your IP address:
This page shows, step by step, with video and images, how to find out what your computers current IP address is using CMD or the command prompt.
This page shows, step by step, with video and images, how to easily use a proxy server change/hide your IP address while surfing the internet with the Firefox browser. This instructional is specifically for Firefox version...
This page shows you how to change your IP address in just one second using a program called Windows Fast IP Changer which allows you to change your IP address as fast as you can click a mouse...
The Netgear Router we will use for this example is the Netgear WNR1000 router so EXACT images and screenshots may vary slightly but the different Netgear Routers should be similar enough that you can change the IP address via this tutorial...
Most routers have an IP address of either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. If entering either of these two IP addresses in your web browser does not open the router settings and configuration utility then here is an easy and fast method for getting your routers IP address...