When you connect to the internet, using anything from a smart TV to a Laptop – you will be assigned an IP address. This is your unique identifier online, this address in the format – 192.168.1.1 is directly linked to your device.
For most of us at home, this address is assigned by the ISP we connect with and as such there is no way of changing it. This address is recorded by most web sites you visit for a variety of reasons and is in effect your digital ID. Much worst for those concerned with online privacy, at your ISP every single thing you do online is recorded in logs along with this address. Which means that for all of us there is a complete record of every website we visit, every movie we watch, video we download and email we send stored on servers hosted by whomever you pay your internet fee to.
However although it is impossible for most of us to actually change our IP address, at least the public facing one we use online. It is possible to hide our IP address and gain some elements of privacy online by the following methods:
- Hide your real IP address from web sites you visit
- Encrypt Your connection to ensure your online activity is kept private.
These two steps are essential and are detailed in the following video entitled IP Anonymizer which you can watch here or directly on YouTube.
Your real IP address is effectively hidden via the network of proxy servers distributed across the world, all the web sites record this address and not yours which is not visible to them.
The encryption is required to prevent interception of data, and also ensures that although logs will still exist at your ISP – they will not be readable. The encryption will ensure that the only information that will be visible in the logs is the connections made to the proxies – nothing else will be legible.