You may be familiar with regular VPNs, which are all the rage these days. You connect to a server, give the server your IP, and the server gives you a temporary security shield that allows you to do anything on the internet with confidence.
While a regular VPN is completely secure and provides a great user experience, it has a significant drawback: you’re sharing your IP with a random server around the world. When you connect to a VPN, you’re putting your privacy at risk because someone could potentially link your activity on the internet to your real identity.
That’s why most people prefer to use a dedicated IP with a VPN, which provides a high degree of privacy while maintaining the convenience of being able to do anything on the internet.
What is a Dedicated IP?
Dedicated IPs, or virtual private networks for short, allow you to have a private IP that is always allocated to you. When you connect to a dedicated IP via a VPN, your IP is still shared with the VPN server, but it is not shared with any other servers or devices on the internet. This ensures that even if someone figures out your real IP, it will not be able to be associated with your activity on the internet.
The benefit of a dedicated IP is that it provides you with complete anonymity while using the internet, as no one can link your private IP address to the public internet data you share via a VPN. The downside is that it’s slightly more complicated to set up and requires a bit more maintenance compared to a regular VPN.
How to Use a PureVPN Dedicated IP
Let’s get started with the steps to use a pureVPN dedicated IP. This method is a bit more involved, but it provides you with a high degree of privacy and security while using the internet.
First things first, you’ll need to download the VPN app to your device. There are a few different ways to get the app onto your device, but the simplest method is to navigate to the iTunes store and download the app directly from there. After you have the app, you’ll need to open it and connect to a VPN. On macOS and iOS, this is done via the Settings app. On Android, you’ll need to navigate to the Apps section of the Settings app and search for VPN.
Once you’re connected to a VPN, you need to click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select Settings. Then, select Manage Registrations from the drop-down menu.
On macOS and iOS, this will take you to a screen where you can edit your existing VPN settings. On Android, it will take you to a screen where you can create a new VPN profile. Make sure that the Keep My Activity Private option is enabled and that the checkbox next to VPN is selected. Then, you will be prompted to enter the API Key and Secret provided to you by the VPN company.
After you’ve entered these values, click the Create Profile button.
Once created, you will then be returned to the Settings app. Your dedicated IP will be available as an option under Network, which you can select to connect to. To connect to your VPN, use the toggle switch next to it and follow the onscreen instructions.
To disconnect from your VPN, simply repeat the process and deselect the option under Network. To confirm that you are, in fact, connected to your VPN, open the Settings app and select your Network setting. If the VPN is selected, then your device is properly configured to use a dedicated IP.
The benefit of this method is that you get a dedicated IP address that is always associated with your device. The downside is that you need to go through the process of connecting to a VPN each and every time you use it. To ensure maximum privacy, you should use a VPN service that automatically connects you to a VPN when you open the app. This ensures that you stay fully protected even when you’re not using the device itself.
Why Use a Dedicated IP With a VPN?
The reasons to use a dedicated IP with a VPN are many, but here are just a few examples.
Say, for instance, that you’re using Facebook and you want to post a status update. Typically, when you post a status update to Facebook, it gets combined with the photos you share from that device and gets displayed to your audience. Now, you don’t want your audience to know that you’re posting from a VPN, so you decide to post from a different location. You could mask your location by selecting an area that appears to be somewhere outside of North America.
Then, when your Facebook post gets published, your audience will see the location listed in the from section and will know that you were not in fact posting from across the pond.
On the topic of locations, let’s say you want to go to Japan. You download the VPN app and connect to a server in Tokyo. Then, you create a new post and mention the anime character Death Note. Since Manga is a Japanese term that translates to comic book, the theory is that your audience may be familiar with the Death Note anime and will therefore know what you’re talking about.
Upon publishing your post, you will see the word Death Note in the from section along with the other words and phrases you used in the post.
This type of situation could arise quite frequently if you’re using Facebook as your main social media platform. For that matter, it could arise if you’re using any website that displays your activity. Whether you’re posting on a public forum or you’re messaging a friend, your activity could potentially be tied to your real identity, which is why using a dedicated IP with a VPN is usually a safer and more private option.
How to Securely Use Social Media From Any Location
One of the more prominent examples of when you don’t want your activity linked to your real identity is when you’re using social media from a different country than you normally would. For example, let’s say that you’re traveling in Europe and you decide to take a vacation to the Philippines. In this case, you would not want your Australian Facebook posts to appear in your European Friends’ lists because they’re tied to your Australian Facebook account. This could potentially lead to legal issues or embarrassing situations for you.
That’s why it’s best to use a VPN when posting on social media platforms that are not in your country of residence. This will ensure that your posts do not reveal your true identity and could lead to a better experience overall.