Privacy and security are major concerns in today’s digital landscape. You can’t be certain that there monitoring your online activity through your IP address you are using unless of course, you have done something about it. The best way to ensure you remain anonymous on the internet is by hiding the IP of your device.
Hiding your IP address also prevents people from tracking your real geo-location among many other benefits. So then, what are the ways to go about this for your Mac or iPhone?
1. By using a VPN service
This is by far the most efficient and most effective method of hiding your IP address on both Macs and iPhones. A Virtual Private Network encrypts your Mac’s or iPhone’s traffic before it is relayed to your ISP.
The traffic is then forwarded to the VPN servers where it is assigned a different IP address that masks and effectively hides the real IP. The encryption and assignment of IP form a twofold bulwark against all identity and data mining issues.
Currently, there are several reliable VPN providers on the market, and your choice ultimately depends on your needs and individual preferences. You can opt for free or paid VPNs depending on their affordability and how much you can pay.
If you own both a Mac and iPhone, you can subscribe to a VPN service that supports several simultaneous connections. That way, you can connect and use the VPN service on the two devices to hide your IP. The best part about using a VPN is that you can select different server locations for both which means the iPhone’s traffic will use a different IP location from that of the MacBook.
What’s more, VPNs will hide your actual IP even when you are using other applications, be it on the iPhone or MacBook. You can, therefore, leverage this to unlock geo-restricted content and services.
2. By using a proxy server
Proxy servers are the best next alternative to VPNs. They are also similar to VPNs in their modus operandi. Anonymous proxies let you choose the country or region that your new IP address will correspond to. The proxy server then repackages and makes requests on behalf of your iPhone or MacBook. Once the server has received the requested data, it will forward it to you.
The proxy doesn’t reveal your actual IP address during this process. However, proxies have some drawback that can you make gloss over this option. Unlike VPNs, proxies lack encryption and therefore do not offer security.
That said, a proxy is a good option if you want only to mask your IP address. However, note that these servers only work on browsers which means you won’t be covered when using other applications.
3. By using the Tor network
If you can’t employ the first two approaches, you can opt for this option. Before we go on, we have to assert that we don’t recommend turning to this option unless it is your last resort.
Tor, the Onion Router, gives you anonymity when you are browsing the internet. Here, your traffic is encrypted and relayed through a series of random networks, making it difficult to trace the original IP address. However, although Tor is secure and does an excellent job of hiding your IP address, it is very slow and so can be frustrating at times.