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Dated: Sep. 26, 2013
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When you connect to the Internet, your home computer (or network router) is assigned a public IP address. As you visit Web sites or other Internet servers, that public IP address is transmitted and recorded in log files kept on those servers. Access logs leave a trail of your Internet activity.
Unfortunately, it is not technically possible to always hide the public IP address of the home network. IP address enables devices to locate and communicate with each other online. Completely hiding the IP address of the device will make it invisible, and can not be used online. On the other hand, it is possible to hide the public IP address from most Internet servers in most situations. This method involves Internet services under the name anonymous proxy servers.
Using anonymous proxy servers
An anonymous proxy server is a special type of server that acts as an intermediary between the home network and the rest of the Internet. An anonymous proxy server makes requests for Internet information on your behalf, using its IP address instead of yours. The computer only indirectly accesses the websites through a proxy server. In this way, Web sites will see the IP address of the proxy, not your home IP address. Using an anonymous proxy server requires simple configuration of the web browser (Internet or other client software that supports proxy). Proxies are identified by combination of URL and TCP port numbers.
Numerous free anonymous proxy servers exist on the Internet, open for anyone to use. These servers can limit the flow of traffic, they can suffer from reliability or speed problems, or might permanently disappear from the Internet without notice. Such servers are most useful for temporary or experimental purposes. Anonymous proxy services that charge a fee in exchange for better service exist. These services are designed for regular use in households.
Related tools to hide your IP address
Several related software tools (both free and paid versions) support anonymous proxies. Firefox extension called switchproxy, for example, support the definition of pool proxy servers in a web browser and automatically switch between them at regular intervals. In general, these tools help you to find both the proxy and simplify the process of configuring and using them. The ability to hide IP address increases your privacy on the Internet. Other approaches to improving Internet privacy exist and complement each other. Managing web cookies, using encryption when sending personal information, using a firewall and other techniques all contribute to a greater feeling of safety and security when going online.
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