What Is My IP Address Location?

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How to change your IP address and hide your location

It’s very easy to hide or change your IP address; all you need is a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

A VPN will switch your IP address by virtually placing you in a different location. When using a VPN, your internet traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel so that no one, including your ISP, can see what you look at, or where you’re looking from.

You will appear to be in the same place as the server location. So if you are in the U.S., but connect to a VPN location in the UK, you will appear to be in the UK.

There are many advantages to using a VPN to hide your IP:

  1. First and foremost, your real location is hidden
  2. Your internet data is encrypted, resulting in a safer and more secure connection
  3. Easily switch between virtual locations, enabling a full and complete internet experience, unfettered by censorship or other firewall restrictions

What is an IP address?

An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a unique number assigned to all devices (e.g., a computer, tablet, or phone) when they connect to the internet.

There are two versions of IP address currently in use, IP Version 4 (IPv4) and IP Version 6 (IPv6), and they have two primary functions: identification and location addressing.


IPv6 was introduced in 1995 as a preventative measure to ensure that there would be enough available addresses for the foreseeable future (IPv6 uses 128 bits, resulting in %{3.4x10}38 addresses, compared to IPv4’s 32 bit and ~4 billion addresses).

You can’t go online without a public IP address

Due to the way it was built, it’s not possible to connect to the internet without a public IP address. An IP address allows two devices to find and exchange information with each other.

The setup is similar to real life address systems. Put simply, if you were to subscribe to a magazine, your address is required to receive it. Without an address, there would be no way of knowing where to send the magazine.

The same applies to the internet. Without an IP address, two devices would not be able to find each other, and no data exchange would be possible.

What is a private IP address?

Private IP addresses are used to identify computers within a private network that is not directly connected to the internet.


Identifying multiple computers within your home network enables information to be shared between them. A private IP address will allow your devices to communicate with each other, but nothing outside of the local network will be able to see them or establish a connection.

Your router will assign a private IP address via DHCP protocol.

What your IP address can reveal about you and your location

Your IP address reveals some pretty in depth info:
  • The location of your current device
  • Your country
  • State/Province
  • ZIP/Postal code

Even your street location can be easily viewed by anyone with a computer.

Websites you visit can gather even more information about you. By combining your IP address with other information like geolocation APIs, WebGL, any Javascript you have running, and content filters, a website can build quite a thorough profile.

Your browser and browsing habits could reveal your actual address, your computer, the OS you use, all your cookies, the fonts you use, and all the websites you’ve browsed.

Bottom line: anyone can find your IP address, even people you chat to with Skype, Facetime, and Whatsapp.

ISPs are privy to even more information. They know all of the above, plus your name, family members, credit card numbers, bank account details, credit history, and more. There is nothing you do online that an ISP doesn’t know.

Using ExpressVPN for a private connection

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A zero-logging policy ensures that no one can see what you browse online, and 256-bit military grade encryption means your data is as secure as it can be.

If you’re worried about what people can see about you online, ExpressVPN can start protecting you now.

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