What’s the fastest way to see if my IP address has changed?
Finding your public IP address is easy. Click here to go to our IP address detection page, which will show you the current public IP address of your computer. Visit that page before and after you change your IP address, to see the difference.
Should I change my local (internal) or public IP address?
There can be some confusion as to which IP address to change, in order to protect your privacy. So let’s differentiate between the two types of IP addresses that are on your computer and identify which one you need to change.
Your computer has a public IP address and a local IP address. Many online tutorials show you how to change your local IP address. How can you tell if you are changing your local address?
If you go into the settings of your operating system to change your IP address manually, you are probably changing your local IP address. This address is used to communicate with other computers inside your local network, like at home or at work. It is not available to the public, so it will not reveal any information about you outside of your network. Therefore, changing your local IP address will not improve your privacy on the Internet.
Your public IP address reveals personal information about you when you are online. Whenever you surf the Internet or get information from a computer outside of your local network, you are using your public IP. This IP address is logged on websites, your ISP and other online services. From there, they can figure out information like your location, the websites you visit and much more.
Your data can then be used for advertising, or to get access to other personal information. Your public IP address is assigned to you by your ISP, so you cannot simply go into your device’s settings and change it.
Using Hotspot Shield VPN is the fastest and most secure way to change your public IP address and keep your information safe.