How to Mask Your IP Even on a VPN

If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a business owner, working in an office, or a contractor who needs to work remotely for a client. Maybe you’re even an academic, traveling to conferences, reading papers, or giving talks. Regardless of your reasons for using a VPN, you likely need to hide your true IP address to gain trust with your customers. And that’s exactly what you should do.

To mask your IP, all you need to do is connect to a VPN server in the country you are in. Once you’re connected, all your internet traffic – including your web browsing – will be encrypted and the VPN server will act on behalf of your computer. Your internet service provider (ISP) won’t be able to see what you’re doing, and neither will anyone else.

Why Is My IP Visible?

It’s always a good idea to ask yourself ‘why’ before you start explaining ‘how’ or ‘what’. In the case of your IP, you can’t really hide it without knowing why you’re hiding it. Let’s dive into the reason why your IP is visible and why you need to hide it.

For starters, your IP is visible because your ISP doesn’t treat all websites the same. Instead, they see all the websites you visit, including those that are encrypted using HTTPS, the same way a man in the street sees a bank teller’s windows behind the glass.

If you connect to a VPN, that man won’t be able to see the windows anymore. He may still be able to see the teller, but she’ll be able to see him, too. This is because the VPN encrypts all your internet traffic, hiding your true IP address from anyone on the internet, including your ISP. It doesn’t matter where you connect to – as long as you connect to a VPN server in the country where you are, your IP will be secure.

In 2020, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enacted, requiring organizations to have data privacy by design. It applies to all companies, regardless of size, and gives individuals more rights over their personal data. One of the biggest impacts of GDPR is that organizations must now ensure the safety of personal data even when there’s no threat apparent. This means that security and privacy features, such as IP masking, must be implemented throughout the infrastructure of the company. Even if you’re not directly responsible for administering the organization’s data protection program, you’ll need to know how to enable and disable privacy enhancements in the system – as well as track and monitor overall security effectiveness.

Visibility From a VPN Server

To a man in the street, your VPN server will behave just like any other website. It’ll look just like any other website to the man in the street, except that he won’t be able to see the content – or even know that it’s there – unless he knows what to look for. If you want to connect to a VPN server in Paris, for example, you’ll need to make sure that all the websites you visit are accessible from Paris. You won’t be able to access anything outside of France, because that’s where the servers are. When you visit a website that’s accessible from Paris, your VPN server will appear to be located in Paris, even though it may be somewhere far, far away. Similarly, when you’re connected to a VPN server in New York, all your internet traffic will appear to come from New York, even though it could be anywhere in the world.

This is why you need to connect to a VPN server in the country you’re in. When you do this, your VPN server will act as a proxy, routing all your internet traffic through France or New York, as the case may be. This will hide your true IP address from your ISP, meaning it will not be visible to anyone, even the government. If you want to access content that’s not available in your country of origin, you’ll either need to connect to a VPN server elsewhere or use a proxy to access it from the country where you are located.

The Pros And Cons Of Using A VPN

The nice thing about a VPN is that it provides you with a safe and secure way to access the internet. It also provides you with the ability to browse the web anonymously. If you want to keep your personal data secure while online, a VPN is a great choice. You can use one to access content that’s not available in your country or to visit websites that might be blocked where you are.

There are, however, a few things you need to consider before you make a decision. Let’s examine some of the pros and cons of using a VPN.

  • Secure And Private: The pros of using a VPN include security and privacy. Your ISP cannot see what you’re doing online because all your internet traffic is protected by the VPN. This means that your personal data is safe and you can browse the web anonymously. Your anonymity can also be verified by checking the VPN provider’s website for logging information.
  • Anonymity: If you want to stay anonymous while online, you should connect to a VPN. When you do this, your ISP cannot see what you’re doing because all your internet traffic is protected by the VPN. Your personal data is safe and you can visit any websites you like without risking exposure.
  • Avoid Blocked Sites: Accessing blocked sites from within the UK is easy. You don’t need a VPN to do this. All you need to do is type the name of the site you want to visit into the browser window followed by the period (e.g. ‘.co.uk’). The location of the site, not its content, determines whether or not it’s blocked. Many well-known brands, such as Amazon, Google, and YouTube, are blocked in the UK. You’ll also need to have a block on these sites in your firewall to access them. Avoiding such blocks while on the move is far easier using a VPN.
  • Safe And Secure: One of the big draws of using a VPN is the security it provides. When you connect to a VPN server in the country you’re in, all your internet traffic, including your emails and web browsing, will be encrypted. Your ISP will not be able to see what you’re doing, and neither will anyone else. If you connect to a VPN server in Paris, for example, all your email will be encrypted and can’t be read by anyone, even the people you’re communicating with. This provides you with a safe and secure environment, even when online.
  • Open Source: Most VPNs are open source which means that you have access to the source code. You can, therefore, verify that the service is what you’re expecting it to be and ensure that it’s not been tampered with. The developers of the VPN, or at least the most prominent ones, should be prepared to hold themselves accountable for any malicious activity that takes place while the software is in operation.
  • Trusted And Reliable: Your VPN choice should be a trusted and reliable one. It should also be able to provide you with adequate speed so that you don’t have to keep canceling your connection due to sluggish performance.
  • Encryption: To prevent data theft, a VPN should be configured to use strong encryption. The most common type of encryption used by VPNs is OpenVPN with a AES-256 bit key.

How To Choose A VPN

If you’re deciding which VPN to use, you’ll need to decide between a free VPN and a paid VPN. A free VPN is great for people who want to keep their privacy and don’t want to be accountable for anything they might do online. Free VPNs usually operate on a strictly limited basis, allowing only a certain number of connections each day. Unless you’re willing to spend money on an annual subscription, you won’t be able to access all the content and services available to you online without risking identification.

Paid VPNs are, for the most part, the same as their free counterparts with the exception that they may offer more features and are not subject to the daily connection limits imposed by many free VPNs.

If you’re looking for a VPN for professional or business use, it’s essential that you ensure that the software can keep up with your bandwidth needs. If you have a low- or mid-range device, you may find that it struggles to keep up with the speed of current protocols, particularly with regards to HD content. If you have a high-end device, you may find that it can’t quite match the speed of some of the larger commercial VPNs. If you have a good experience with a VPN on one device, but would like to try something new for your other devices, you may want to explore the options available to you.

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