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The Best Two Ways To Get A Usa Ip Address
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There are many people in the world who want a USA IP address. There is a lot of content coming from American sites these days; Hulu, Netflix, and Pandora are just a couple of the more popular ones.  There are a lot of international businesses who prefer to keep their IP's on American soil, and a USA IP address can unblock sites like Facebook and YouTube, wherever they may be blocked.  But how to you get a USA IP address?  There are basically two ways.

Web Based Proxies

Most people have heard the term "Proxy" at one time or another.  A web based proxy is of course being able to access a proxy server from your Internet browser, or "from the web".  This presents a number of advantages and disadvantages.  The biggest advantage here is that you're able to get a USA IP address wherever you are and with whatever Internet device you're using.  You can use the same subscription on your phone, you home computer, when you use the libraries Internet or a computer at a public wifi zone.  You can even access it at work and school, and get on Facebook while your boss/teacher is out.  Web based proxies are also generally cheaper than the next solution I'm about to present, and are more widely available.

In the name of free Internet, there are a lot of free proxies out there.  Some, are just that - some hippie Internet junkie who wants to provide a way for him and his hacker buddies to surf anonymously and not worry about conspiracy theories to track his online footprints.  However, this also relates to the reputation of proxies (free proxies especially, but proxies in general too) as being an unsafe way to get a USA IP address.  By typing a URL into the proxy browser, you're essentially putting the proxy server between yourself and another websites, meaning the proxy can read your IP data.  By accessing its network, they can analyze your traffic, track you, and even hack you.  Paid proxies have a rep to keep up, and are registered businesses, so it's usually not a problem if you do your homework.  Free proxies should be used a digression.

There is also the issue that you usually can't choose your server location.  While most reputable web based proxy services will have IP addresses in The USA, The UK, and Europe, you won't be able to choose where, which means you probably won't be able to access Hulu and Netflix through a web based proxy.

Virtual private networks

Virtual private networks as a way to get a USA IP address also have a number of advantages and disadvantages.  They solve some of the problems of proxies, such as the ability to choose you location. Most VPNs are set up so you can see the location of the server (city, country), and you'll be able to hop around. Some VPNs have you change IP automatically, and some give you a new IP on startup. However, you'll be able to choose (Dallas, TX vs. (New York City, NY) vs. (Los Angeles, USA), or wherever their servers happen to be.

When you get a USA IP address with a VPN, you also get access to Hulu, Pandora, Netflix, and other IP restricted sites.  Hulu tends to be a bit picky, and you've got to clear your history and cookies, but access is possible.  Netflix and Pandora are no-brainers.

Adding to the IP hiding abilities of web based proxies, VPNs add layers of security, like SSL encryption and tunneling, to further protect your data as it travels to and from the VPN server.  It's all very technical, but just keep in mind that when you get a USA IP address from a VPN, you're not just paying for the American IP, you're also getting  seriously pimped up online security

One last advantage to getting a USA IP address through a virtual private network connection is that your entire device will be encrypted.  Unlike proxies, which only hide the IP address of your Internet browser, all programs you run on your computer or phone will be using the American IP given to you by the VPN.  This of course means you've got to download and install the VPN, which limits you to one license per device. 

For all this badass-ness, you're going to pay a bit more.  Prices range from about $5-$30 USD a month, depending on type of VPN protocol, length of contract, and other features.  In comparison to proxies which usually cost about $3-$8 USD a month, they're a bit more expensive.  Price and multi-device limitations are two disadvantages of using VPNs to change your IP address while you surf the Internet.

Conclusion

Both methods offer distinct unique advantages and disadvantages for getting a USA IP address. I personally prefer to use VPNs because they're easy to turn on and leave running.  With a web based proxy you've constantly got to find your secure browser.  I started using VPNs before proxies however, so it's possible that once you're used to it, it woudln't be an issue anymore. Some VPN services offer a discount for a second license, and some offer multiple VPN protocls in one package, meaning you can use one license on multiple devices, just not at the same time. I use L2TP on my phone and OpenVPN on my laptop.


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