What is an IP Address?

An IP address is a string assigned to a computer to identify it and communicate using the Internet Protocol. An IP address is provided to each computer, connected to the Internet, and is used to transfer data correctly over the network in accordance with the Internet protocol. In the fourth version of the Internet Protocol, the IP address consisted of four digits separated by periods, and looked like this: In version 6 of the Internet Protocol, an IP address consists of 32 hexadecimal digits separated by colons and looks something like this: 2091: 0db8: 0000: 0000: 0d00: ff50: 0092: 8378.

To clarify, in laymans terms it is the same as your home address. Herefore, in order for you to receive snail mail at home the sending party must have your correct mailing address (Internet Protocol address) in your town (network) or you do not receive bills, pizza coupons or your tax refund. The same is true for all equipment on the internet.However, there are exclusions of the information without this specific address. Consequently, IP addresses assigned permanently for an Email server/Business server or a permanent home resident. Or even temporarily, from a pool of available addresses (first come first serve) from your Internet Service Provider. A permanent number may not be available in all areas and may cost extra so be sure to ask your ISP.

Why Hide My IP Address?

There are many legitimate reasons why you might want to hide your IP, for example:

  • 1. You may not want to take a chance on your private information being exposed so choose to surf anonymously.
  • 2. Accessing content that is available only to people in certain areas or countries.
  • 3. You just may not like the idea of possibly having your every move monitored and tracked.