Well if it is banned then it could be time for a change. The simple truth is that your IP address is increasingly being used to control what you are allowed to access to on the web. Every time you visit a web site, a forum or social networking site your IP is registered, recorded and sometimes even blocked.
Have you ever clicked on a video on YouTube and been told – “I’m sorry that video is not available in your area” – it will be due to your location, or more specifically the location of your IP address. It might be that a video that is accessible in one country and blocked in others – the decision is made automatically , you may have a banned IP address for that video.
There are many other circumstances where your IP address may stop you accessing or viewing a web site. I have a friend who has an obsession with several computer games (mainly WOW and COD), when not playing the game he spends lots of times on various forums related to the games.
Unfortunately he has rather a big mouth, and also a tendency to logon to these forums late at night when he’s had a couple of drinks. This combination has led him to being banned from multiple forums due to a particular outburst and he gets quite upset about this.
Anyway after trying to create a few new accounts and failing, he realised that the ban was based on his IP address and asked me to help him change it. He knew I was very interested in security and online privacy and thought I could help him.
You may be able to change it simply by resetting your modem, some ISPs will assign you a new address each time you logon. Just check your IP address on your modem or router before resetting your connection, leave it off for a few minutes then reconnect. You might find you’ve been assigned a brand new address, it should be enough to get you passed a forum IP ban. However it won’t help with country address blocks like YouTube, Hulu or the BBC iPlayer I’m afraid, for those you’ll need an address in the specific country i.e. a British IP address for BBC, and American one for Hulu etc. The other option which may help is to use a method like this just using DNS – http://dnsproxy.co.uk/
If you need to reliably switch between different Ip addresses at will, the reality is that it’s very easy to do. In my friends case I merely pointed him at the security product I use called – Identity Cloaker. All he had to do was select a server to use and he connected through a private proxy/vpn server – the forum was unable to detect his real IP address and he was able to register a brand new account. Here’s an example screenshot – there are about hundreds of IP addresses to choose from spread across about a dozen countries.
Of course there are other methods of achieving this. You could ask your ISP for a new IP address, or perhaps swap ISPs altogether. If you’re getting lots of problems it might be worth doing this as sometimes IP addresses just get a bad name and get blocked in lots of situations.
It’s a pretty basic method but millions of people now use security products – the best proxy program I’ve used is Identity Cloaker to have complete control over their privacy and to enable them to switch IP addresses when they need to.