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Get A Fake Ip Address on Mac

Do you use your real IP address to surf the internet? You might not want to. There are some serious privacy and security risks you face by using the IP that's connected to your personal information - especially on shared networks. There are also some restrictions placed on your internet connection that you may not be (or have just become) aware of. It's possible to get a fake IP address on Mac OS/X.

Privacy and Security

For some people this is a real concern. For others, it's easier to maintain a "If I can't see it, it isn't there" type of attitude. First, even while connected to a private network in your own home it's possible for your ISP to keep track of your online activity. While they probably don't actively watch it, they most likely keep at least a couple months of logs, and your government will have access to that. If the security of your ISP becomes compromised by hackers, your private data goes along with it. Separating your personal information from your online identity is a good way to prevent privacy and security risks.

Much more so on shared networks, it's possible for other users to monitor and intercept information you exchange over shared networks. Packet sniffing, or deep packet searching allows other users connected to the same network as you to view and take packets of information. The data encryption included with IP changing software prevents them from being able to interpret and use this data.

Unblocking Sites

Your IP address means that you must follow the rules assigned to your network. At school and work, entertainment sites are probably blocked. Sometimes your country (by means of your ISP) will block news or media sites, engaging in what's called internet censorship. It's also very common for websites to block foreign IP addresses to keep their content exclusive. Using a fake IP address can do two things related to unblocking sites.

  • 1. Help you bypass local network firewalls to unblock sites banned locally
  • 2. Help you bypass web server firewalls to unblock sites that require approved IP addresses

How to Get a Fake IP

Though some sites recommend proxies, I generally do better with VPNs. The comparison of the two usually takes about 500+ words, so I don't really want to get into it now. Here's the concise version of what VPNs can do that proxies can't.

  • 1. Encryption Upgrades For Security
  • 2. Tunneling Protocols for Privacy
  • 3. Change IP of Non-Web-Based Activity
  • 4. Bypass Streaming TV/Movie Firewalls
  • 5. Work With Flash (Including Facebook and YouTube)
  • 6. Allow You To Choose An IP From The Country of Your Choice

You don't need any hardware to use the VPN, but you do need the correct VPN for Mac. PPTP is a more efficient version of VPN, but lacks in the security department. L2TP and OpenVPN use more bandwidth, but it needs it to beef up the security of your Mac. Which one you choose is up to you, but if you have a fast internet connection, use antivirus software, and don't have any government or business secrets on your computer, the difference isn't so noticeable.


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