Tell you how to change IP by comparing different methods and different services: proxy software, web proxy, http proxy, VPN, socks proxy and SSH proxy.
What is IP address and how to change IP address? An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a numerical way to identify your computer on Internet. Websites can know much information by your IP address. For example, from your IP address, we can know your country.
How to Change IP Address
People change IP address to avoid online bans and protect online privacy. How to change IP address? Before trying any other methods to change your IP address, try turning off your Cable/DSL modem for five minutes. In many cases this will change your IP address.
But that method can only change your IP address slightly within a small range. How to change IP address to another country? Here are some methods to change IP address completely to another one.
My IP Hide
There are many kinds of proxy software can help you to change IP. Among them we recommend My IP Hide which supports both Windows and Mac. It uses enhanced proxy technology with encrypted connection. It’s much faster than VPN and SSH proxy. With My IP Hide you can completely change IP address while watch youtube smoothly.
It’s easy to use it. Just keep My IP Hide (MIH) running when you surf the Internet. If you exit or disable MIH, you will use direct connection. For Opera, you need to manually set its proxy option to direct connection.
Cons: My IP Hide only support browsers. If you want all your programs go through the encrypted connection, you will need a VPN account.
All the browsers (chrome, firefox, ie, opera, safari and others) support the proxy option. When you set a proxy in browser, the proxy will fetch the web pages for your browser. The websites regard the IP of proxy as your IP so it cannot trace your real IP. Thus the proxy help you to change IP address.
How to use http proxy in browser? You can manually set the proxy option. We recommend using Elite Proxy Switcher to set the proxy for your browser. The free edition is enough for you.
Where to get http proxy? You can get some free proxies from our free proxy list. You can also buy proxy from us. Our proxy list is checked and updated every hour.
Cons: The public http proxies are unstable because they die fast. Http proxies are suitable for the users who need a lot of IP addresses but use each IP address for only several hours.
VPN is short for Virtual Private Network. It uses strong encryption to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted. It’s usually used to securely connect the branch offices of an organization to its head office network through the public Internet. Now many VPN vendors open this service to public. You can use it to change IP. We recommend the VPN service of Hide My Ass. It has many IP addresses that you can choose from.
Cons: There are two problems of VPN. (1) If you use VPN, all the programs will use the VPN connection. You can not choose which program use VPN and which use direct connection. (2) Because of the strong encryption, VPN is much slower than direct connection. Here is a detailed comparison between the Hide My Ass VPN and My IP Hide.
Web proxy is the easiest way to change IP. Web proxy is a website with an URL bar. Just input the URL of blocked site into that bar and click the “Surf” button. Web proxy will fetch the web page for you showing on its own site.
The problem is that web proxy doesn’t support all the sites. It uses a plugin to support youtube. But it can’t support hulu or pinterest. Another problem is the security issue. If you use web proxy to visit secure sites (ex. bank or paypal), your information may be intercepted.
Socks proxy is similar to http proxy. The difference is that socks support all the Internet protocols (such as http, ftp and voip) while http proxy only support http. So it supports more programs besides browser. It supports skype, thunderbird, filezilla, mIRC and any program/game that has a socks proxy option.
Same as http proxy, socks proxy is unstable. You can use Socks Proxy Checker to test the socks proxies before using them. The free edition is enough for you to change IP. You can get some free socks proxy here. You can also buy socks proxy from us.
SSH proxy is encrypted socks proxy. SSH is short for Secure SHell. SSH protocol is usually used to control a Linux server via a secure channel. Some program (Putty or MyEnTunnel) can convert SSH connection into encrypted socks proxy service. The configuration is a bit difficult for non-technical personnel.
With SSH proxy you can completely change IP. The problem is that the speed of SSH proxy is slow because of the strong encryption. There are few SSH proxy vendors but you can find some free SSH proxy here.