How to Hide My IP Address in Under 2 Minutes
Hide your location by switching to a VPN that hides your IP address by virtually placing you in a different country. With ExpressVPN’s network of locations across 87 countries worldwide, you can start protecting your privacy immediately.
IP masking that lets you access everything
Learn how to mask your IP and get instant access to sites that are censored by certain governments:
Now you can stay in contact with friends and family and keep using the sites and services you depend on. Using a hidden IP address also means companies cannot show you higher location-based prices or otherwise discriminate based on your location.
Is your ISP logging your IP address?
If the internet is a series of tubes, your ISP (Internet service provider) controls the tubes that lead to your house. They built the tubes, they shut them on and off and regulate their flow, they read the meter every month and send you the bill. But can they see inside?
The short answer is yes. ISPs can easily crack open one of the tubes and monitor or log all your internet traffic, including all your emails and browsing history. But would they? Probably not. Unfortunately, depending on where you live and who you pay for internet, your ISP may actually be required to log your data and pass it on to law enforcement if requested.
Here’s a breakdown of IP monitoring and logging policies around the world, and how you can protect yourself and your private data.
IP monitoring by country
IP logging in United States
There is currently no data retention law in the US that requires ISPs to log customer data. However, the Stored Communications Act dictates that if an ISP does record customer data, the government must be allowed to access it. And unfortunately, most major US internet providers do store logs of IP addresses and the websites they visit.
As of 2012, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon, and Qwest/Century all keep logs for up to 6 months. A survey of US telecom carriers reveal a similar logging policy for text message and cellular data services.If your ISP isn’t one of these and you want to find out what information they log and for how long, you will probably need to contact them directly. Most companies don’t have this information clearly presented on their websites.
IP logging in Canada
Like the US, Canada also has no law explicitly requiring all ISPs to keep logs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t do it anyway. Bell, for instance, has publicly stated they store IP addresses for one year.
Under Bill C-11 (the Copyright Modernization Act), if you are suspected of copyright violation (for instance, by illegally downloading movies), it doesn’t matter who your ISP is. Once you are a suspect, they are legally required to keep logs of your online activity for at least 6 months.
IP logging in Europe
In 2014, the European Union repealed the EU Data Retention Directive (DRD). However, individual countries may still take measures to ensure telecommunications service providers, including ISPs, collect and log subscribers’ IP addresses, location data, and incoming and outgoing phone numbers.
IP logging in Australia
Australia’s extremely controversial metadata retention law went into effect in October of 2015. Under that law, all Australian ISPs are forced to log two years’ worth of email and internet traffic data, including the time, date, recipients, and the size and file formats of all attachments.
How you can hide your IP and defeat IP monitoring and logging
There’s not much you can do to stop ISP logging policies in the near future. You can protest and sign petitions till you’re blue in the face, but policy change takes years, and Internet Service Providers will still own the pipes. It’ll always be in their best interest to keep the government and law enforcement happy so they can stay in business.
But policy aside, using a VPN is the best way to encrypt your internet traffic to keep it private before you send it down the tubes toward your ISP and who knows who else.
The easy way to protect your identity
The more you share online, the easier it is for hackers, government organizations and corporate spies to access your information. Sophisticated programs and systems exist, and information gatherers are often several steps ahead of mainstream internet sites.
Don’t let your personal, private information be compromised by leaky internet connections or by using public internet access. A VPN is the simple, secure way to keep everything to yourself.
This includes your location, which can prevent you from accessing certain sites or making certain purchases. Hiding your location by changing your IP to another country allows you to access sites and services quickly, securely, and anonymously from wherever you are.
Use a VPN to cloak your IP address
Fed up with government censorship? Worried that you’ll lose your financial details to fraudsters? Convinced that nothing you do is private any more?
Using a VPN can give you an additional layer of security now. Savvy internet users are switching to VPN by the million, making it one of the biggest internet revolutions around. Tech sites recommend VPN for all sorts of reasons, but mainly:
- To buy securely without giving away your location
- To get high-speed internet access wherever you are
- To protect against weak public networks
- To keep all your data, video calls, search histories, and financial data completely secure
- To transfer files without worrying about hacking or data security
Take advantage of IP cloaking with an affordable, secure VPN
Internet privacy is a big deal. If it matters to you that you can’t be tracked by your internet use, then it matters to us. That’s why ExpressVPN is investing in a growing network of servers that give you seamless, encrypted VPN access to the internet wherever you are.
ExpressVPN is easy to install, ultra secure, and works across all your devices. By using ExpressVPN, you can have the confidence to surf, work, interact, and play with peace of mind.
- SSL secured with 256-bit encryption and optimized network
- Round-the-clock customer support via email and live chat
- 136 server locations in 87 countries with new locations always on the way
- Zero network traffic logging
- Unlimited server switches and unlimited bandwidth
Join thousands of happy customers
There isn’t room here to list all the amazing feedback ExpressVPN has received from customers who love the fact they can hide their actual location when they’re online. You can read what people think on the ExpressVPN Facebook and Twitter pages – but here’s a quick summary:
- They love getting their censored sites back
- They’re amazed by how easy it is to install
- They can’t believe the great value for money
- They’re blown away by the connection speed
- They love that no one knows where they’re connecting from
- They feel that their data is safe and secure – whatever they’re doing
- They refer ExpressVPN to their friends (because there’s a little something in it for them)
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