How to Change IP Address?

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.

My IP Hide open blocked sites

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.

Http Proxy

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.

Http Proxy List

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

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.

Web Proxy

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

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.

Socks Proxy List

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

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.

How to use My IP Hide in iPhone?

This is a tutorial showing how use the proxy software My IP Hide in iPhone. It can help you to hide IP in your iPhone and surf anonymously.

Question: I wanna know how to set it up on my iPhone to open the blocked Facebook and YouTube.

Answer: You can run My IP Hide on your Mac/Windows computer. Then use your iPhone to connect to My IP Hide to open blocked Facebook and YouTube.

1) To do that your iPhone and computer should be in the same LAN (WiFi).
2) Click the “Setting” button on My IP Hide
3) Go to the “Misc” Tab of the setting dialog
4) You will see a Proxy IP (Server) and Port in that Tab


5) Set that proxy IP (server) and port in your iPhone



6) When you exit My IP Hide on your computer, you should set your iPhone to use direct connection. Otherwise it can’t open any web pages.

Set Firefox to Use Remote DNS

Question: How can I set Firefox to use remote DNS when I use socks proxy in Firefox? I check my DNS IP on but it shows my own DNS IP.

Answer: You can follow this instruction to set Firefox to use remote DNS.

1) In the URL address bar of Firefox, type about:config and enter.

2) You will see a warning page saying changing the advanced settings can be harmful. Click the button I will be careful to continue.

3) Then you can see all the advanced settings of Firefox.

firefox remote dns settings

4) Search dns to find the option network.proxy.socks_remote_dns

5) Double click the option network.proxy.socks_remote_dns to set it to true

Firefox always uses remote DNS when using Http proxy. Thus you don’t need to set the remote DNS option when you are using Http proxy.

What Program Changed Proxy Settings?

Question: I’m using your program My IP Hide to change IP address. But after a few seconds my proxy settings will be restored to direct connection. What is the problem?

Answer: It seems that some program reverts your proxy settings. Follow this instruction to find what program changed your proxy settings.

First you need the program Process Monitor. Download it from Microsoft:

1) Run it. You will see this dialog. Click the “Filter” button.

Monitor Proxy Settings

2) Add a filter rule. Show the entries whose path ends with “ProxyEnable”. Please type in the “ProxyEnable” by yourself.

Filter Proxy Settings

3) When your proxy settings is changed by other program. You can stop the monitor and see what program is shown there.

Program Changed Proxy Settings

In that screen shot, you can see Elite Proxy Switcher (EPS) changed the proxy settings besides My IP Hide.

My IP Hide Video Tutorial

My IP Hide is a proxy software helping you to hide IP and unblock facebook, youtube, bbc or other sites. It supports both Windows and Mac. It will change your IP to an US or UK IP address.

Just keep My IP Hide (MIH) running when you surf the Internet. MIH will hide your real IP. Here is the video tutorial for Windows edition.

My IP Hide also supports the Macintosh system. Here is the video tutorial for Mac users.

Main Features

  • Hide Real IP: My IP Hide can hide your IP to protect your online privacy and use encrypted connections to prevent Internet tracking from you.
  • Unblock Sites: Open any blocked websites. Webmasters may ban your IP. Company may limit your access to some sites. We break all the blockade for you.
  • Faster than VPN: With our enhanced proxy technology, My IP Hide is faster than VPN, SSH proxy and web proxy. Meanwhile it’s more secure than ordinary proxy.
  • Windows and Mac: My IP Hide supports both Windows and Mac. It supports all the browsers. There is no settings for the major browsers.

Forum Proxy Leecher Video Tutorial

Forum Proxy Leecher (FPL) is an intelligent proxy leecher that can extract proxies from various proxy sites and proxy forums even if the proxies are in the attachment.

Quick Guide

1) Logged into the forums with Internet Explorer (not Firefox or Opera).
2) Please select “Log me on automatically each visit” when login.
3) Use IE to view the topics to make sure you have the right to see the proxies
4) Click the “Start” button in FPL to start leech that forum.

After you login the forums, FPL can read your account information from IE. In fact FPL tries to act just as IE. It’s same for the forum whether you use FPL to leech or open another IE to read the topics one by one from the forum. Here is a video tutorial showing its basic functions. You can also download the tutorial here.

Main Features

  • Quickly get fresh proxies when you need
  • Support different types of forums
  • Support scanning attachments
  • Support non-forum proxy sites
  • My-Proxy team maintains the leech list for you
  • Powerful proxy tester especially for huge list
  • Nice user interface and easy to use