Many of us now use VPNs and proxy servers routinely to hide our real IP addresses. The reasons are many however for most us it’s either to bypass the thousands of region locks which exist online or simply to hide our real location and identity. Investing in a VPN solution is usually a wise move, providing protection for when you’re online either at home or using an insecure wifi connection in a cafe or hotel for example. When you connect through a VPN or proxy your real ip address is hidden and the website you visit has no way of logging your location.
How to Switch Your IP Address to Another Country
The problem is that for region locking uses, having a single additional IP address is rarely enough. The problem is that all these regional filters are based on different locations, so you often require addresses based in a variety of countries and being able to change address quickly is essential. Here’s a quick demonstration of some software called Identity Cloaker which facilitates this:
You can see that the software that controls the connection sits in the task bar and you can enable the VPN or switch it to use another server whenever you like. So for example if you where trying to watch the BBC you’d need a UK IP proxy but to watch ABC or CNN live streams you’d need a US proxy and IP address. All you need to do is open the control panel and switch to the appropriate country.
A few of the biggest VPN providers now provide multiple servers across different countries so you can switch like this. It makes sense to use one of these rather than the companies who charge additional for each country you sign up for. Using these companies you’ll find information on how to change IP address quickly as the subscription covers all their servers. Most of the sites cover countries like USA, Canada, UK, France and Germany whereas for other countries you might need to search around.
This is Not a Fake IP Address
Remember although you’re using software like this to hide your real address in order to access resources or maintain anonymity there’s nothing fake about the address. It’s the only feasible way to change IP address online, by routing through an intermediate server. The address you present is entirely real and functional, which is essential if it’s going to allow you to communicate via TCP/IP.
Which is one of the problems with trying to find a free IP address changer – the fact is that real hardware and bandwidth are required. These incur costs which have to be paid for in some ways, unless you find some unusually rich and benevolent individual (clue they don’t exist in the world of online proxies!). Even free ones are expensive, and if you need something special like a sneaker proxy these cost even more to support and run.
For many just being able to hide my IP is enough, but if you’re trying to access geo-locked content or websites then that’s not actually enough. In these circumstances you need the proxies to have an IP address in that specific country. This generally means that the hardware must be physically located in that country too.
One of the difficult countries to get a proxy or VPN in is Australia, simply because the internet costs tend to be much higher there and it’s expensive to include Australian servers in their infrastructure. There are a few around though and you can find a few around, but remember to watch BBC iPlayer in Australia you need a UK proxy not an Australian one. Although any one based in Australia would be advised to use a local proxy when they’re not trying to bypass region locks simply because of the speed.
There is another reason why you should regularly rotate and change your IP address and that’s to keep the fact that you’re using a secure connection private. If you don’t switch addresses and just use a static video proxy, any ISP logs will show the use of a proxy as all requests will be routed through the one specific IP address. Switching this address periodically makes it much more difficult to detect.