How to change my IP address?

Changing your IP address can greatly increase your online privacy, which helps secure your personal information as a result. Using a virtual private network (VPN), like Hotspot Shield VPN, is the fastest and easiest way to change your IP address to benefit from these online safety measures.

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The most secure way to change your IP address

The best way to change your IP address is to use a virtual private network (VPN). There are other ways to change your IP, like using a proxy server. But as we discussed here, VPNs have significant advantages over proxies, such as:

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  • no browsing activity logging

  • Military-grade data encryption

  • Kill switch as an added layer of security

  • Unlimited bandwidth to ensure continuous protection

  • Multi-device compatibility to protect all your devices

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Stay private and secure

To get started, download the free version of Hotspot Shield VPN below. Once it is installed and activated, your IP address will be changed automatically.

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Why should I change my IP address?

Before we dive into the details, let’s take a look at the most important reasons why you might want to change your IP address.

  • You want to prevent hackers from stealing your personal information

  • You are traveling internationally and want to access geo-blocked content from your home country

  • You do not want your browsing history to be logged

  • You do not want to reveal your physical location

  • You want to bypass Internet Service Provider (ISP) or government censorship

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Download Hotspot Shield now

Hotspot Shield makes it easy to change your IP address and helps keep your personal information safe. Installation is simple, and you are protected in as little as two minutes.

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What’s the fastest way to see if my IP address has changed?

Finding your public IP address is easy. Click here to go to our IP address detection page, which will show you the current public IP address of your computer. Visit that page before and after you change your IP address, to see the difference.

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Changing your IP address is easy

How do I change my IP address on my phone or tablet?

First, download the Hotspot Shield app on your phone. Once it has been installed and configured, simply go into your device’s settings and turn on the VPN switch.

How do I change my IP address on my desktop or laptop computer?

Changing your IP address on a Mac or PC is also very easy. After you have installed the Hotspot Shield application, you will see a new Hotspot Shield icon in your menu or taskbar. Click on that icon to show the start button and click on the start button to modify your IP address.

Should I change my local (internal) or public IP address?

There can be some confusion as to which IP address to change, in order to protect your privacy. So let’s differentiate between the two types of IP addresses that are on your computer and identify which one you need to change.

Your computer has a public IP address and a local IP address. Many online tutorials show you how to change your local IP address. How can you tell if you are changing your local address?

If you go into the settings of your operating system to change your IP address manually, you are probably changing your local IP address. This address is used to communicate with other computers inside your local network, like at home or at work. It is not available to the public, so it will not reveal any information about you outside of your network. Therefore, changing your local IP address will not improve your privacy on the Internet.

Your public IP address reveals personal information about you when you are online. Whenever you surf the Internet or get information from a computer outside of your local network, you are using your public IP. This IP address is logged on websites, your ISP and other online services. From there, they can figure out information like your location, the websites you visit and much more.

Your data can then be used for advertising, or to get access to other personal information. Your public IP address is assigned to you by your ISP, so you cannot simply go into your device’s settings and change it.

Using Hotspot Shield VPN is the fastest and most secure way to change your public IP address and keep your information safe.

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