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Alex Lloyd January 18, 2019

Security tip of the week: Hide your IP address

Welcome to Hotspot Shield’s “Security Tip of the Week”, where we offer helpful suggestions to protect you and your family online. This week: Why you should hide your IP address.


Your IP address is a unique string of numbers that identifies your computer on a specific network. All computers, tablets, smartphones, and devices connected to the internet have an IP address; it’s the equivalent of someone’s name, address, and the language they speak.

So why should you hide it?

Let me ask you this: Would you want anyone to know your location data, such as your city, country, state, and ZIP code? The answer is probably no.

Hiding your IP address keeps this critical location data private. It helps protect your online identity, letting you browse the web anonymously. With your IP hidden, you can avoid activity tracking and information theft.

How to hide IP address

Hiding your IP address is simple. Download Hotspot Shield’s free app, click ‘connect’, and Hotspot Shield will ‘spoof’ your location, assigning a new IP to your device to make it look as if you’re located elsewhere.

See! Simple, right? This is the first step you should take to protect your privacy online. After all, no one likes snoopers.


Check back next week for another simple tip to help you and your family stay safe on the internet. And sign up for our newsletter below to read the privacy and security stories that matter most.

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About Alex Lloyd

Alex Lloyd heads Pango's content department. Before joining the team, he was a former professional race car driver—competing in the Indianapolis 500 four times—and has spent the past decade writing content for major publications such as Yahoo and CNN.

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