Changing Your IP Address
An IP address, or Internet Protocol address, is an integral part of the machinery of modern computing technology. Designed to allow communication over the Internet between computers (or other digital platforms), IP addresses serve to pinpoint and distinguish from one another the billions and billions of digital platforms and devices connected to the internet. Your IP address functions much like a physical address, allowing communication between your device and remote computers with access to it.
Understandably, some situations call for the ability to change your IP address. It’s a sensitive piece of information and the ability to change it quickly and reliably is a valuable one. Your privacy and online security should be top priorities whether you’re using your machine for browsing, business, or communication. So, how’s it done? Let’s take a look at some of the common applications for changing IP addresses across platforms.
Often all you need to do to successfully change your IP address is to disable your Cable or DSL modem by unplugging it. When you plug it back in after a period of five to ten minutes, your IP address should have been changed. If not, a longer period of downtime (say, overnight, or approximately eight hours) will sometimes do the trick. This might not work if your IP address is dynamically determined, but don’t worry because there are plenty of alternatives.
Changing your IP address with Firefox is pretty simple, and it can be accomplished entirely through the Firefox menu. Let’s take a quick look at how to use Firefox to change your IP address.
- First, click on Tools. From there, click on Options.
- Click on Advanced button at the top of pop up window.
- Choose the Network tab and go to Connection settings.
- Click on the Manual Proxy Configuration radio button.
- Then, set the HTTP Proxy and Port Number.
- Click the OK button.
That should take care of your IP address change. If you’re still having trouble, though, Internet forums like the Windows Support Forum can be a valuable resource. There are plenty more non-OS-specific methods for changing or hiding IP addresses, and most of them are in the technical neighborhood of the ones addressed in this article.
Changing your IP address as a PC user shouldn’t feel like a daunting task. There’s plenty of software and support out there to help you make sure you handle the process securely and without too much hassle. Windows itself doesn’t make the process too difficult. Let’s examine a few direct ways to interact with your Windows operating system to change your IP address.
Your command menu can be a valuable tool in changing your IP address. When you want to change your address, open a command prompt from the start menu (Run: cmd), and then type: ipconfig/release, followed by: ipconfig/renew. This should change your IP, but in the event that it proves unhelpful you can try the ipconfig/release command and then shut down your computer, turn off all external applications, and disconnect your modem.
The software platform iPrivacy Tools IP Changer is another great resource available to PC users. With it users can freely change their IP address, or even set a rotating or randomized schedule for IP address changes. Remember that the more frequently you change your IP address, the more secure you and your data are. Risks like identity theft can be prevented with sensible precautions against malware, adware, and other malicious internet-delivered programs. A secure IP address should be part of any countermeasure regimen.
Changing your IP address with Mac’s Safari Web browser is a little more complicated than the equivalent process with Firefox, but it’s still not too difficult. The only additional challenge is finding a suitable proxy port, which can easily be accomplished with an online search. Just make sure you’re getting a reputable port, because phishing scams marketing dirty numbers do exist, even though Macs run a much lower risk of virus and malware contamination.
Let’s take a look at how a Safari user should approach changing their IP address.
- 1. In Safari, go to Edit and click on “Preferences.”
- 2. Click on the “Advanced” button.
- 3. Click on the “Change Settings” button, which is just next to the label, “Proxies.”
- 4. Click on “Settings.”
- 5. Click on the check box labeled “Use a proxy for this connection,” and enter a proxy port and a new IP address in the open text boxes.
- 6. Click on the “OK” button to change your IP address to an anonymous Proxy IP address.
Tutorials like this one can help you with the additional details of changing your IP as a Mac user, and Mac user forums are full of advice on security measures you can take to avoid unnecessary risks. Take advantage of the experience of professionals and enthusiastic amateurs who’ve researched IP addresses and how to make them secure.
Don’t Be Intimidated
The average computer user tends to hear an acronym and immediately assume they’re not qualified to deal with whatever’s at hand. With today’s helpful, user-friendly online environment, though, there’s no need to be cowed by the prospect of handling your own web security setup. We’ve all downloaded and installed programs; we’ve all handled settings customization. It’s no big deal!
Anyone can change an IP address. The software is set up to make it simple, and as a routine precaution, it’s something everyone should know how to do. So, whether it’s with the aid of specialized software like iPrivacy or just using the mechanics built into every major Web browser, be confident in handling your IP address and its security.