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There are a number of ways to change your IP address, but it all depends on exactly what you mean.  In the world of technology, very often, terms are switched around and misused by people who don' t know exactly what they're talking about. It's quite possible that I'm doing the exact same thing here, but I'll do the best I can.

It's possible to change your IP simply by turning off your computer.  Yes, there is a range of IP addresses that are available to you at any time, and you computer or phone will intermittently switch through them after a periods of being shut down.  The time period you need to shut down for it different for every ISP and OS, so you may need to experiment a bit before you get the result you're looking for. It's also possible that you can request an IP change from your ISP, or change your router settings.

This is useful as a temporary solution for you getting banned from a site, needing to completely clear your web browsing history, or signing up for several accounts when a service only allows for one.  However, this IP address is still traceable to you, and can still be used to identify your Internet device. This is changing your IP address, and very different from hiding your IP address.

When you change your IP though a proxy or VPN, you are also hiding your IP.  This means that you are given a new IP address, and in addition, your  browsing/downloading/uploading activity cannot be traced back to you. Your original IP is hidden from other users.  Depending on the security features of the proxy/VPN you're using, most of the time, any user who tries to look in on traffic being exchanged over the network (by using a packet sniffer), would not be able to detect you.  Not only will you be invisible, but the data you exchange over an encrypted signal will be secure from thieves.

When you change your IP through a proxy or a VPN, this type of connection is useful for gaining access to sites for restricted IP addresses; sites like gaming sites, streaming movies online sites, local television sites, and more.  One of the most popular types of IP addresses to get a hold of is American IP addresses, because it allows access to sites like Pandora, Hulu, Netflix, and more.

This is also a great solution for businesses who worry about the security of their connection to the Internet.  When someone uses a VPN to connect to computer servers back at the office, and they're using a public wifi connection, it's important that their traffic is encrypted and disguised from any potential threats.  Masking your IP with a virtual private network is a great solution to increase online security for businesses.


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