Every time you connect to the Internet, you are identified through your IP address. That’s how they track you online. Even for digital signature applications, when you sign the form, your IP address will be jotted down to prove your identity. Depending on your Internet provider, you may have a dynamic or static IP address. A dynamic IP address changes after a set period of time, while a static IP will stay the same.

Protect Your Identity Online

Since everything is traced back to your IP address, you need to protect it. Imagine that one day, your friend visits your place and use your fast connection to download some torrents onto his computer. If torrents are illegal in your country, the authority could trace back to your IP address and hold you accountable for your friend’s action. You will then have to go through a lengthy process to prove that you are not the one who did it (which by the way involves turning in your friend). To the authority, you are your IP address.

Hackers also target people based on their IP address. Once they know your IP address, they can attack you using various methods including sending trojans your way. Now it comes to the question: How can you protect yourself?

One secure way to hide your real IP online is through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you still don’t know what is a VPN, visit our site because they explain everything pretty clearly. Basically, all your connections will be routed through another network and when they reach the target site, they will appear to come from another IP address which the VPN will assign to you. This way, outsiders, especially the websites you are visiting, think you are from an IP that comes from the VPN, while your real IP is hidden from everyone.