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Change your IP Address to France

How to get a French IP address   (by iPrivacyTools)

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO CHANGE TO AN IP ADDRESS IN FRANCE?   Well, perhaps:

  • You are a French citizen wishing to access French websites as if you're at home.
  • You are an Internet entrepreneur wanting to review your marketing campaigns in France.
  • You are learning French and desire to surf the Internet as if you are located in France.
  • You are a French traveler and your bank only allows online access from within France.
  • Etc, etc, etc.

First, a legal note:

We are not lawyers, and we do not have the resources to answer questions about whether any method on this page will allow you access to a particular website. There are many "grey" areas (e.g. Does a French citizen with a physical server located in their own country have the right to access otherwise restricted services? Or does a French soldier have the right to view their online bank account, or watch a sporting event in his or her home country, while stationed overseas?). These issues will vary from website to website, and country to country. The fact is that if a website is absolutely serious about blocking all and every non-local visitor, they'll be able to do so. Given the plethora of websites that restrict geographic access to some degree, it is up to you to get permission, read the terms of use, consult with a legal advisor, or do whatever else it takes to determine whether or not you are acting within a website's acceptable use policy by utilizing any of the information or options listed on this page.

OPTION #1 to change IP address to France: Web Proxies

Web proxies are simply websites that relay your Internet requests. You will typically go to the website that hosts the web proxy, enter the URL that you want to access, and the website will then display the requested page in a frame. If effective, the website visited will only see the IP address of the web proxy, and not your own.

POSITIVE: They're usually free, and their speed is usually tolerable.

NEGATIVE: They are often ad supported, so you'll encounter a lot of popups; They may not be compatible with certain protocols, such as video or SSL; Relay of your personal/private information is usually not secure, so you should not enter any passwords or financial info; They are easily broken (meaning your IP may be exposed via popups, etc) ; Web proxies for France are rather difficult to find.

To give it a try, do a Google search for "France web proxy". As mentioned above, they're a little difficult to find for France.

OPTION #2: Free HTTP Proxy Servers

HTTP Proxies are also a type of relay service, but they are accessed by configuring your web browser rather than by typing a URL into a website. If setup to be "anonymous", the websites you visit will only see the IP address of the HTTP proxy, and not yours.

POSITIVE: They're not as easy to break as web proxies, because even popups that appear in your browser will have to go through the relay; No ads will appear.

NEGATIVE: They are often not compatible with SSL, so they're not safe for logging into membership sites, accessing email, or making purchases; They often run very slowly (perhaps due to overuse); It's difficult to know who is operating the relays and whether they might want to intercept your data; They're difficult to find for France. Read more

To give it a try, check out our tutorials for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

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OPTION #3 to Get an IP address in France: Paid Proxies

If you need a reliable Internet connection through an IP address in France, you're probably going to end up spending at least a little money. While there are some free options, mentioned above, subscribing to a fee-based service will give you an incredibly more convenient and secure means of accomplishing your objective.

As with the previous options, a paid proxy will also route your web requests through a server in France (that's the only practical way to appear that you're surfing with a French IP address). However, the few advantages mentioned below make the process a lot more logical for most purposes.

POSITIVE: Faster and more reliable than free options; SSL compatible, so you can safely access membership sites, email, shopping sites, and more.

NEGATIVE: They are only compatible with your web browser (but of course that is what most people need to change their IP address for); They cost money.

If you'd like to give it a try, just visit this page.

OPTION #4 for getting a French IP address: VPN Service

VPN, which means "Virtual Private Network", is a secure method of connecting to a remote network, such as logging into an office server from your home. If the VPN is setup to do so, it can also act as a relay for web requests (not unlike a proxy), and be your virtual IP address in France. There are some distinct advantages that a VPN has over a proxy, most notably the ability to relay data for most Internet applications without special configuration.

POSITIVE: Works with most programs that access the Internet (browsers, chat programs, email clients); Can be configured to encrypt your Internet traffic (which makes activities like public WiFi connections more secure).

NEGATIVE: Typically a little higher priced than proxy services.

If you're interested in VPN, we currently feature two services:

  1. Standard VPN service on shared IP addresses in the U.K. or U.S. for $10 per month.
  2. Deluxe VPN service on a private IP address in the U.K., U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, or Switzerland for around $15 per month. Please inquire for pricing in other countries.
     
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