Anonymity How to bypass IP tracking (1)

Celine Yun

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Nowadays, internet coverage is extremely extensive and technology is advancing daily. But, have you ever thought about one question: will my privacy leak through the internet? Is it safe to browse some kinds of websites?

Users are increasingly concerned about where they would like to maintain their anonymity, hide their IP address on the Internet and prevent third parties from accessing their personal data.

There are many ways to hide the IP address, from free to expensive, from simple to professional. I believe that most of you want to guarantee 100% security on the network, so let’s see how to protect yourself.

What is IP address?

It’s impossible to defeat an enemy if you know nothing about it. First of all, we need to figure out what it is, where it comes from and who exactly needs to be hidden from.

IP addresses are the identifier that allows information to be sent between devices on a network: they contain location information and make devices accessible for communication. The internet needs a way to differentiate between different computers, routers, and websites. IP addresses provide a way of doing so and form an essential part of how the internet works.

However, not all machines have an IP address, and it can be virtual (local, for example). A public IP address is issued to the device when it connects to the Internet by an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Some companies issue it to the client permanently, some ISPs issue a new IP address to the client every time the connection is restarted ("dynamic IP"). As a result, your Internet address can only be changed by your ISP, and this process is usually automated.

Why avoid IP tracking?

It’s a question of security and anonymity. Every site you go into, every page you browse and every server you use will leave your footprint: what operating system, browser, its version, and most importantly, the IP address are used. Through your IP address, some people can accurately determine your country, city, district, and even the exact address by owning it. What if you are using the same IP address with an internet attacker, your personal information and other privacy will be easily accessed.

However, not everyone is so unlucky to get hacked. Instead, a more common but harmless thing always drives us crazy and annoyed -- online advertising. Recently, online advertising has become even more intrusive and sometimes even overly annoying. Moreover, in some cases, it pursues the same users on all sites where they go. One way to escape from it is bypassing IP tracking.

Let’s think about this, you are an old user of an interesting forum, but you get unjustly banned, what are you going to do? Create a new account? But now bans by IP are often practiced. Buy an account from other users? It's too much to do so. You can only be bypassed by changing or disguising your real address. By hiding your address, you don’t need to use another device to open a new account.

How to bypass IP tracking?

Pay attention, there are several things that expose our computer on the network, for example, the address of the DNS server. To find out what exactly these things are, use any anonymity check service. This kind of service mainly checks your computer with Java, ActiveX, Flash and Javascript.

It’s considered as a great method to use Socks or VPN to change your IP address, but it’s not enough. Many technologies allow you to identify it, which you need to either disable on your computer or deceive. Also, it will not be superfluous to change the transmitted HTTP headers. It will "knock down" the definition of the installed software and the computer's geographical location.

In the next article, I will introduce three common tools to you. Stay tuned!
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