Archive for October, 2009

Many people ask “How to mask your IP address?”  Another good question might be why instead.  Let’s focus on both issues.

First on why you mask your IP, the reason is simple.  You are trying to either access a website that is blocking your IP address or you want to be anonymous.  Masking an IP address will enable you to bypass restrictive blocks.

For example, many US service men and women stationed overseas want to access US-based websites.  Many of these sites block visitors from outside the US.  Usually these blocks are commercially motivated.  Media sites are notorious for this.  If you look at Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Hulu, and yes the list goes on.  Each one of them blocks visitors from outside the US.  As far as I can tell the basic reason is advertising revenue.  While the shows may be popular overseas, the advertisers are only willing to subsidize the costs of these sites for visitors that can potentially buy their products.  It’s hard to argue with that logic.  It may feel wrong to some, but it takes money to run these sites and bandwidth costs money.

Another reason to use an IP Masker is to bypass posting limits.  Many sites restrict the amount of content that you can post in a given time period.  They do this to avoid spam content on their sites.  Again, a reasonable answer to a problem that they have is to restrict access based on cookies, or logins or IP addresses.

For people trying to mask their IP address, they may or may not agree with the reasons.  All they know is they want to “Mask my IP”.  For them they need to use IP masking software or websites.

The way these IP maskers work is by substituting their IP address for yours.  This not only changes the IP address, it also masks your geographic location.  The IP address will now show the location of the IP masking service and not your IP address.

The following diagram shows how IP masking works.

IP Masking diagram

As you can see all Internet traffic is routed through the IP masker and thus uses it’s IP address instead of yours.

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