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How can I change my IP address?

April 24, 2020 at 13:40:55
Specs: Windows 10
How can I change my IP address? What tools are there for changing the IP address, and how can I make sure that my IP address is really changed?

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April 24, 2020 at 14:08:39
There are several ways to change your IP address:

1. Use a VPN Service

VPN is an online service that hides your IP address. Basically, you simply subscribe to the VPN Service, download and install the appropriate application for your device, launch it and connect to the VPN server of your choice.

Once you do this, the server automatically replaces your real IP address with its own address. Anyone who sees it and tries to track it and scan it will find information related to the VPN server, not you.
By the way, about checking the IP address. This is pretty easy to do. Use or a similar source. With their help, you will see if your chosen method of changing the IP works.

2. Use a proxy server

Like a VPN, a proxy also hides your IP address. In fact, the server intercepts your connection requests and sends them to the Internet on your behalf - of course, using your own IP address.

Proxies also have a local cache, which can speed up page loading time if you request content that is already on the proxy server.

However, proxies are not as good as VPNs. They are not able to provide the same level of security. That is, although you can hide the IP address and protect privacy, you will not be able to reliably encrypt traffic. And this is not very good.

An excellent solution would be if you use the VPN service with additional proxy servers. So you will get both proxy server functions and more protection thanks to VPN.

3. Use mobile data

An alternative to the first two methods is the simple use of a mobile connection. For example, when you are somewhere in the city. This system is different from a laptop or computer, so other IP addresses are used there.

Of course, this cannot be called full protection - in most cases, you will only avoid targeted advertising and DoS / DDoS attacks on your laptop or computer.

In addition, if you have a limited tariff plan, then you will not be able to use such a connection 24/7. Otherwise, the cellular bill will be gigantic.

4. Use a WiFi network

Each time you connect to a WiFi network, using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) you are assigned a new IP address.

However, doing so is not very practical.

Let's face it - are you really going to go down to your favorite coffee shop and use their WiFi every time you need to hide your IP address?

Not to mention that this tip only works with laptops and mobile devices, but not with home PCs.

Ah yes, and here one more big problem is safety. Or rather its absence.

Public WiFi networks rarely use any kind of encryption (since they do not require a password), so hackers can easily listen to your online communications if they want.

And, unfortunately, even secure networks are not completely secure - at the moment, WPA2 is standard, and there is a serious vulnerability in this algorithm. Worse still, WPA3 (which will take some time to configure) is also not 100% secure.

In general, you'd better try other methods - for example, use a VPN or proxy.

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April 24, 2020 at 14:16:14
To which ip address are you referring?

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April 24, 2020 at 15:24:34
Depending on your internet service it could be as simple as unplugging your modem & leaving it unplugged for a certain amount of time. Could be 5-10 minutes, overnight, or as long as 24 hours.

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April 24, 2020 at 21:19:47
"To which ip address are you referring?"
Yes, there are a number of IP addresses depending on what you have.
Your ISP assigns your external IP address (your public one)
Your Router assigns all of your computers and internal hardware their local IP addresses (except devices with fixed IP addresses but that is usually for businesses and server networks).
Reply #3 refers to your public IP address which I also think you probably mean.
If it is anything else, please explain more completely.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 27, 2020 at 08:33:03
If you're talking about your external IP and your provider uses DHCP, you might want to call their support line and ask them.

Most ISP's register the MAC address of the device connecting to their service. So even if you unplug your router as per riider's response, it may not work as the MAC of the router won't change even if you unplug it if the router's MAC has been registered with your ISP.

My ISP only allows me to register two devices. Some allow more. Most that do register also have a web page where you can go and unregister a device (or more than one). If this is the case with your provider, you would have to go unregister your device's MAC address, then reconnect and you should get a different IP address. I would suggest you write your existing external IP down and then you can compare if you're able to do this.

Alternatively, if your router has a setting that allows you to "spoof" your MAC, you could just change it there and the IP should change as well.

I mentioned my ISP above because a while back I replaced my router and when I plugged the new one in, I couldn't get an external IP as I had already registered two MAC addresses. Rather than mess around trying to unregister one or both registered MAC's I just spoofed the MAC from the previous router and I got an IP immediately.

All of this of course only applies if you are indeed talking about your external IP address and your ISP is using DHCP. If however you have a static IP from your provider, you would have to call them to get it changed.

If you're talking about a LAN, then you just edit the properties of your network interface and change it there.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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May 4, 2020 at 08:26:13
Well, if you are looking for a short-term solution, you could try re-setting your modem i.e., unplug and plug it back in after about a minute or so. This will reset your modem completely and it will start using a different IP address from before.

If you are after a professional, long-term solution, I would suggest subscribing for a VPN service. This is especially important and will be extremely useful if you are a frequent traveler. With this service, you can choose the location or country where you want your IP address to be from.

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May 5, 2020 at 07:49:59
Thanks for he input AKR8920 but if you read the other replies........both your ideas were already stated above by others.............It's nice to be helpful but if you're just restating an existing response you're not only wasting your own time, but you're wasting other people's time as well.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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