IP Addresses and Online Security

IP Addresses and Online Security

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

19 January 2014

If you’ve ever read the information about SurfEasy’s Private Browser, or our VPN service, you’ll have seen that, as well as providing you with online freedom, we are also dedicated to protecting your IP address. But why is this such a big deal? Well, let’s have a look.

Your IP address works much like your physical home address, in that it acts as a way for people to easily find your exact location–except that with an IP address, it’s the exact location of your computer, right down to the latitude and longitude in some cases, rather than your house. Your IP address allows your computer to connect to other computers over the Internet; in essence, it’s vital for you to get Internet access, so that one set of numbers is exactly why you can binge watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix over a weekend.

It’s also how anyone else on the Internet can track you, especially if you’re using a Static IP address as most people are. This number never changes, and it can show information like what Internet Service Provider you’re using, what kind of router, and even what operating system you’re on. Hackers, surveillance systems, and even companies trying to directly target ads towards you can use this information for nefarious purposes, and if there’s anyone actively looking for your, having a public IP address makes their job a whole lot easier. Simply put, having an unsecured IP address can jeopardize your Internet security.

There are a few ways to protect your IP address and therefore make yourself anonymous online. Dynamic IP addresses are generally considered safer than static IP addresses, but SurfEasy offers you an even greater level of online anonymity than this by allowing you to change your IP address.

Protecting your IP address with a VPN service

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, acts as a secret path between your computer and the Internet, which encrypts all of your data, including your IP address, before you connect to the Internet. Once you’re online, you’re totally anonymous, meaning that you can’t be located by your IP address because it simply isn’t there.

Our VPN is also a no-log network, meaning that we don’t store your IP address when you connect to it. We also don’t log your activity, such as the websites you visit or the files you download, meaning that we don’t have any of that information and therefore can’t be asked to hand it over to any agencies at any point. It simply doesn’t exist on our network–meaning that your online activity is safe in our hands.

As well as protecting you from anyone collecting your data, SurfEasy’s VPN also allows for anonymous web browsing and total Internet privacy. And the best thing of all? It’s free to start! Simply create a SurfEasy account and get your free 500mb of secure Internet access on up to 5 devices today. View our VPN Prices for unlimited plans!

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