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Change Ip Address for Mac With A Proxy Or Vpn

Changing the IP address of your computer and phone is pretty easy. Even I, one who doesn't know all of the 'ins and outs' of technology these days was able to get the software set up and running in a few minutes. The same types of software can be used to change IP address for Mac, Windows, Linux, and even mobile tech like Android, Nokia or Windows phones, and iOS systems. It's called a virtual private network.

There is actually more than one type of software available to change IP address. I would venture to say that more people have heard of proxies that virtual private networks. There are many types of proxies, not all of which are available for public use (ie, you'd have to set up your own server). The ones you may have used before are called web based proxies. These are the most popular because they require no skill at all to use. It's just a website where you type the URL of a site you want to unblock or visit anonymously, and you then surf the site in a mini "anonymous browser"

Some users may have used open proxies, which also work for all operating systems. The only difference you'll experience will be with the different types of internet browser you use.

Though these don't really count as "software" per se, considering you don't have to install them, many people choose them to change the IP address of their phone or computer. It's fast, easy, and convenient. However, there are some serious security risks involved. If you're trying to hide your IP address from malicious users, why on earth would you trust an unknown source for a proxy server? The proxy owner will easily be able to monitor you, and any other traffic passed through the server.

Chances are, he won't, but it does happen, and if it does, you have no guarantee of what he can or can't do with the info. You probably wouldn't even be able to find the users to file a complain. On top of that, some free proxies are configured properly (especially the free ones), making it easier to hack in, and you whole internet experience slower.

This is why I stick to professional virtual private network services. PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN VPN protocols can all be used to change IP address for Mac. IF you don't know the difference, OpenVPN is the most secure, while PPTP is the fastest. I've read that PPTP and L2TP will soon become obsolete because of the lack of security features. However, I don't know if this will happen. The simplicity of construction of these VPNs means it's easier to set them up and they run faster. After all these years, people are still using PPTP.

I think this is because many users just want to access blocked sites, and security or anonymity is not their concern. This is fine if this is your situation. If security is a concern however, you can't not choose OpenVPN for Mac, or L2TP for your iOS devices.

Street Talk


"would you trust an unknown source for a proxy server?" true. Sometimes I just don't get how some folks think.

  about 1 decade ago
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