WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO CHANGE TO AN IP ADDRESS IN THE UNITED STATES? Well, perhaps:
- You are an American citizen wishing to access American websites as if
you're at home.
- You are an Internet entrepreneur wanting to review your marketing
campaigns in the US.
- You are learning English and desire to surf the Internet as if you
are located in the United States.
- You are an American traveler and your bank only allows online access from
within the US.
- 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 an American
citizen with a physical server located in their own country have the
right to access otherwise restricted services? Or does an American
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
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 the US: 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)
To give it a try, do a Google search for "US
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. Read more
To give it a try, check out our tutorials for Internet
Explorer, Firefox, and
OPTION #3 to Get an IP address in the United States: Paid Proxies
If you need a reliable Internet connection through an IP address in
the U.S., 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 the US (that's the only practical way to
appear that you're surfing with an American IP address). However, the few
advantages mentioned below make the process a lot more logical for most
POSITIVE: Faster and more reliable than free options; SSL compatible,
so you can safely access membership sites, email, shopping sites, and
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 an American 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 the United States. 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:
- Standard VPN service on shared IP addresses
in the U.K. or U.S. for $10 per month.
- 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.