While we do offer a fee-based service for protecting/relocating
your IP, there may be situations where a non-paid solution will work
just fine. On this page, we present an outline of several method by
which you can hide and/or change your IP address for free. If you know
of any others, please let us know
so we can add them to this list.
#1: Change your IP address for free with DOS
If you're using cable or DSL, and all you need to do is get a new IP
address (and never need to use your current IP again), then you can
probably just prompt your ISP (Internet service provider) to issue a
new one to you. It's your ISP that gave you your current IP address,
and getting them to generate a replacement is usually not very complicated.
Check out our instructions for Windows
XP and Vista/7.
#2: Hide your IP address for free with web proxies
If you just want to visit a website without leaving tracks, and your
security concerns are not extremely serious, web proxies may do the
job. A web proxy is simply a website that visits another website for
you, and then relays the requested html page back to you. This way,
the target website only sees the IP address of the web proxy. These
free proxies should not be relied on for high security because they
can very easily leak your real IP, and will often not work with video/audio
or other complex protocols. However, they are good for hiding your IP
address on standard webpages (just html and images). Try out an example
#3: Hide your IP for free with translation tools
You can simulate a web proxy using various web translation tools (one
example is Babelfish). Just
scroll down to "translate a web page", and enter the URL you
want to visit. For the translation languages, choose something like
"Korean -> English" (the first can be any language, as
long as it's something other than what the web page actually is). Click
"Translate" and you'll get the page relayed to you through
the web translator.
*However, be aware that this will only fool the most simple of IP detectors,
as your real IP address will still be displayed in other areas of the
HTTP header that is sent to the target webpage.
#4: Take a walk, or a drive
Using a computer at your local public library will hide your home IP
address, as will taking your laptop to a free Internet cafe. Is this
stuff too obvious? If not, then we'll also mention that using a computer
at school or work will change your IP to something other than your home
address too. Or if you have some trusting and generous neighbors, logging
on to their WiFi connection (and disabling yours) will also do the job.
#5: Change IP for free with HTTP proxies
Http proxies are not as easily broken as web proxies, and may work
more reliably with complex websites. However, they are still subject
to a variety of security risks that you should be aware of (so please
read this first). Regardless, many people use anonymous proxies,
apparently finding that the ability to change their IP address for free
is worth the risk. If you choose to give it a try, visit our tutorials
for Internet Explorer,
Firefox, and Safari.
#6: Use TOR to hide your IP address free
Perhaps the most popular anonymous surfing program on the Internet,
Tor is basically
a network of http proxies that includes software for encrypting your
connecting to those proxies. An excellent degree of anonymity can be
gained if used correctly (read all their instructions), and this would
probably be our top recommendation if all you want to do is hide your
IP address. The only functionality that appears to be lacking is the
ability to choose where your IP address will be located. Another minor
drawback is that the Tor network itself is easily detected (but it will
not reveal who you are if configured properly).
#7: Change your IP address for free with dialup
Okay, this is only free if you already have a dialup account -- but
since we mentioned the DOS commands for cable/DSL, it's only fair to
include a dialup mention. So obviously: if you have a dialup ISP, simply
disconnecting and redialing (or better yet, redialing through another
access number) will almost always change your IP.
#8: Hide IP address with free VPN
VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be used to securely surf the Internet
via a relay with an encrypted connection. This typically involves a
fee for use, but there "seem" to be a few services that are
offering free VPN surfing. How they do it, we don't know, but our guess
is that they may try to get you to upgrade to a "premium"
service at some point.
We did a quick web search for "free VPN", and got some matches.
However, we have not tested any of these services, so use them AT YOUR
OWN RISK. The first page results included: AlonWeb,
and VPN Labs.
Again, we know nothing about these sites other than the fact that they
are SEO'd for "free VPN". Good luck!
Have any ideas to add to this list?
Please let us know, so we can
keep this page as complete and useful as possible!