There are various ways to change the "apparent" country or
geographic location of your IP address, all involving use of an Internet
relay of some sort. As your surf via such relays, the web sites and
services that you use will see the IP address of the relays, and not
Types of relays range from simple to complex, free to expensive, and
come in the whole spectrum of reliability. This page will summarize
Change IP Address Country with Private Proxies
Okay, first a little shameless self promotion. Our service uses private
and SSL-compatible relays to change your IP address in either Internet
Explorer or Firefox. The setup is simplified by our software, which
places a dropdown list of countries on your web browser, like this:
To see which countries are currently available, please visit our homepage.
Change IP address Location with Free Proxies
Thousands of people use "public" relays to change their IP
to locations around the world. However, this method involves some serious
risks and drawbacks. In particular, these relays are often not SSL-compatible,
so they should not be used to login to password-protected websites or
to transfer any sort of personal/financial details. Furthermore, they
are quite unreliable and hard to find, so unless you have a lot of time
on your hands, this may be a frustrating method of changing your IP
address location. More
Assuming you're still interested in this option, we have setup instructions
for Internet Explorer,
Firefox, and Safari.
Change IP Country with Web Proxies
As opposed to to "http" proxies mentioned above (where you
configure your browser), a web proxy is an actual website that relays
pages to you. You simply visit their homepage, enter a URL to view,
and they'll display that page in a frame. The visited website will only
see the IP address of the relay, and not yours (if it's working properly).
Advantages here are that these relays are also FREE, much easier to
find than than "public" http proxies, and you don't have to
worry about using bandwidth without permission. Unfortunately, you'll
find many of the same drawbacks as before (e.g. lack of SSL support,
exposure to monitoring, etc).
Also, these websites are primarily earning revenue through advertising.
Therefore, they may have popups
and make it tricky to find the actual form for entering a url (look
for a blank box and/or "Go" button -- often near the very
top or bottom of the page).
To give it a try, here are some links to change your IP country:
Change IP Location with VPN
VPN (which stands for "Virtual Private Network") is traditionally
a method for logging into a remote computer/network via an encrypted
connection. For example, it could be a secure means of connecting to
your office server while working from home.
However, a VPN can also act as a relay, allowing you to surf the Internet
and use web services with the VPN server's IP address. There are a few
big advantages to VPN:
- The connection is encrypted, so it's also great for protecting your
traffic from eavesdropping (e.g. while using public WiFi at an Internet
- The VPN will change your IP address in all Internet applications, not
just Internet Explorer and Firefox. This means you can also use chat,
video, and other external applications.
The major drawback is price, as VPN service is typically more expensive
than even private proxies. You can shop around on the Internet, and
also check our pricing (yes, more shameless
Do you know of other ways to change the location or country
of your IP?
Please let us know, so that we
can keep this resource updated and useful.