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How To Get An American IP Address
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There are many reasons someone might want to get an American IP address. The main reasons can be categorized as

  • Entertainment
  • Privacy
  • Security

First an foremost, an American IP address can be use to access cool sites that are restricted to American users. Sites like Hulu, Netflix, CBS, Pandora, and a lot of other TV streaming sites are only available after you have an American IP address to access their sites. Now, the only reliable way to do this is through a virtual private network or VPN.

Yes, it's true that many other kind of IP changing tools like proxies can also be used to get an American IP address, but the problem with these services is that they can be easily blocked. VP Ns not only change your IP, but they add several layers of security features that make it impossible to detect that you're outside The US. Have you ever tried to use Hotspot Shield to watch Hulu outside The US? Even paid proxies can't be used to stream video from Netflix - even if you're inside The US! Are you going abroad and want to get access to your Pandora account? This is only possible through a VPN connection.

Same story with BBC iPlayer outside The UK (with a British IP of course)

Internet privacy is an interesting one. When I mention Internet privacy, the first thing that comes to people's mind is watching weird porn or engaging in illegal activity that you don't want to be traced. The truth is that in some part, that's what VPN's can be used for. But that's not it. Advertisers and Internet service providers are ruthless these days, and you'd be shocked how much of your data they track. Customized advertisement, spam, and even banning are all done through IP tracking. This means that even if your not a foot-fetish hacker, you've got something to gain from having a VPN. Regardless of whether you get an American IP address, or an IP from another country, your actual IP is never revealed and most of the time VPN service providers won't keep records of which users are using their VPN to access which site.

This is what anonymous surfing provided by a VPN service is all about.

Perhaps the most unexpected is that and American IP through a VPN can be used to make your Internet connection more secure. This is something that a lot of people don't think about, but it's a very real threat, especially to users with iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile Internet connection devices. If you're sharing an Internet connection with someone at a hotel, cafe, or even at school, your putting yourself at risk.

I know, it's a one in a million chance - but it happens every day. sharing an Internet connection with someone means that they can not just see you, but with a very basic set of hacking skills, can steal important data stored on your computer. How many passwords to you have saved in your browser cookies? How many times to you log into your Facebook account through your iPhone on an unsecured network? These potential risks are squelched however with a VPN connection. By changing your IP address, you are "invisible", and even the nastiest hacker around couldn't get through layers of encryption, tunneling, and IP hiding features that VPN services provide.

Heck, even The Chinese government can't figure out how to stop users from using VPNs to bypass Internet censorship in China.

The point is that there are tons of resons to get an American IP address, and many users like myself are using VPNs to surf the Internet anonymously, and privately.


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