It’s a tool that a few years ago, nobody had any use for – after all why would anyone want an IP changer online? The reality is that the internet of a decade ago was a very different place, and although the internet has expanded over the last few years, so to has the filtering and restrictions that are placed upon it. Most of us probably realise that internet access in places like Iran and Turkey are not quite as open as in most of the European and North American democracies. However consider also that German internet surfers for example are blocked from lots of YouTube music sites due to ongoing copyright discussions, or the fact that nobody can watch the wonderful Hulu website from outside the USA.
Everything we do online is increasingly being controlled based on this unique address, before you rush off onto the command prompt or the control panel to modify your address don’t waste your time – it won’t work. Unfortunately the local IP address that we can change is pretty much irrelevant and has zero impact on your internet experience. This is because it’s not visible to anyone else anyway so can’t be used to determine your location. In reality millions of us share identical local addresses – the range of 192.168.1.xx is extremely common being the general default for most network devices to assign to connected devices.
Using an IP Changer Online
So if you can’t change your actual address, how do people bypass these blocks all the time. We’ve all seen the laptop streaming the BBC in Spanish airports, or watching a film on Hulu in a cafe in London – of course it’s possible. Here’s a little demonstration of an online IP proxy changer in action –
So as you can see it’s perfectly possible to control your web browsing, not by changing your IP address but hiding the real one. Which is why you need proxies, vpns and secure servers to act as an intermediary, to buffer your real location and identity from the websites that you visit. If set up correctly and using very fast servers the process is almost seamless, the server receives your request and forwards it to the web site which replies based on the location of the server’s ip address not yours. Expand this network to contain servers all across the world and theoretically you’ll never got blocked anywhere again.
It works well for 99% of websites out there, everything from Hulu to BBC can be access from anywhere using a well configured VPN server based in the relevant country. There are as always exceptions though, some sites in the UK will block any IP ranges which are not from ISPs and data warehouses. One big Canadian TV site online – CTV, requires you input your Cable account number before accessing so just hiding your location isn’t enough. These solutions currently work extremely well, however we’ll have to see how the filtering and blocking technology adapts over the years to come.
Over the last few months of 2016, Netflix have developed a new system of blocking the use of online IP changers and VPNs. They are restricting access only to residential IP addresses, that is those assigned primarily to domestic connections from their Internet service providers. This has effectively blocked the vast majority of VPNs from being able to access Netflix. Fortunately some providers like Identity Cloaker have managed to incorporate these ‘residential IP addresses’ into their server infrastructure which means they are not blocked. Others will probably follow, however these IP addresses are in short supply and cost significantly more than commercial addresses so the costs may start to rise.