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How hiding your IP address protects you online

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

05 October 2016

You might be considering investing in a VPN because you’ve heard that they protect your online security and help you to stay anonymous online. If you are, you’ve made a good choice. They do.

One of the ways that a VPN helps you to stay safe online is by hiding your IP address. But how exactly does this work? Let’s take a look.

What is my IP address? 

Your IP address is a series of numbers that allows your computer to connect with others over the internet. It allows the internet to find your computer or device, just like your street address allows people to find you. A static IP address can sometimes even allow someone to find your physical location.

How does a VPN hide my IP address?

SurfEasy VPN intercepts your connection to the internet and masks your IP address before it can be seen by the web. SurfEasy VPN then lets you connect to one of 16 different regions, allowing you to “borrow” an IP address from that region and therefore appear to the internet as if you’re browsing from that country. This means that you can browse the internet freely without worrying about your real IP address being seen, and stops you being tracked by websites or other internet users.

You can change your region as much as you like, meaning that you can “borrow” an IP address from Brazil, then one from Sweden, then one from Singapore—all with the click of a button. This allows you to bypass firewalls or restrictions in your own country as well as allowing you to access the internet as if you’re from that region.

Of course, the most important thing about a VPN is that it hides your IP address, keeps your physical location secret and stops you from being tracked online, putting your online security back into your hands. With SurfEasy VPN, you can surf the web safe in the knowledge that you’re browsing securely—and also that your personal information is protected by the ultra fast VPN you can trust.

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