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You may be familiar with the terms "anonymous IP address" and "change your IP address. But did you know that many times it's actually the same thing? One of the issues with the internet is that people pretend to be authorities on things that they're not 100% sure about. Here are some of the reasons those looking for an anonymous IP may run into information about changing IP.

Change IP Address

An IP address is assigned to your computer. There is actually a range of IP addresses that your router can assign to you, and there are ways to change them. For example, restarting your router or restarting your computer could result in an IP change. There are also manual ways to change your IP, which usually involve going in the command prompt area of your computer, and changing the settings. It's also possible to contact your ISP and have them change your IP address as well.

However, this is only changing your IP address. Your internet activity will still be traceable back to you. Other internet users will still be able to find out your physical location, emails you send out will be linked to your IP, and downloads will have your stats stamped to them. You'll still have an IP related to your country, and other typical IP address features.

Anonymous IP Address

The part that confuses many people is that getting an anonymous IP address is changing your IP address, but changing your IP address is not getting an anonymous IP address. An anonymous IP address can be assigned to you through a proxy or a VPN server. Though these third party servers, your traffic is either filtered through a private network or fetched by proxy server. Any web activity is not linkable back to your real IP, or physical location. This is the idea of anonymity on the internet. Even if information was to be spied on (which is impossible in the case of VPNs), what was seen could not be connected to you.

Anonymous IP addresses also allow you to choose the location of your IP. So for example, if you wanted to get access to television streaming sites from another country, you could use an anonymous IP address from that country. Many people outside The US are able to watch American TV on Hulu like this. The same goes for getting access to British TV on BBC iPlayer from outside The UK. Users in China and other countries that censor the internet can also unblock sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. They're blocked with a Chinese IP, but by using an anonymous American IP address, they can open up sites that any other American is able to.

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