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I Don’t Need To Change My IP Address, I Have Nothing To Hide: 6 Biggest Misconceptions About Internet Anonymity

I Don’t Need To Change My IP Address, I Have Nothing To Hide: 6 Biggest Misconceptions About Internet Anonymity
| Editorial Staff

Every trip to the Internet leaves traces, with which users can be clearly identified.  Because when the router dials in it’s assigned a unique worldwide number combination, the IP address.  Even weeks later you can find out when and with which IP address a website was visited.

Why should you, therefore, change the IP address?  Every site operator can easily find out about the IP address in which region the user lives and via which Internet provider he goes online.  Google, Facebook, NSA and even cybercriminals want to know who is doing what on the Internet.  The crazy thing is almost all users make it easy for them.  Many visit sites with their identity cards stapled on their foreheads, search for severe illnesses and inquired about loans or even commit infidelities.

It is now quite easy to hide the IP address.  For data collectors, it looks as if a German surfer came, for example, from a small town in the United States.  And in addition to improved security, surfing with a mask has other pleasant side effects.  This can be useful for Internet services that are actually blocked for customers from other countries, such as video services or sports channels.  But very few users use the advantages of IP anonymization – one reason is the many misunderstandings that circulate around the question “Why change the IP address?”.  We call the six biggest mistakes!

Mistake 1: Why change the IP address?  It’s going to change regularly anyway!

Why bother, Dynamic IP addresses are used in almost all private Internet connections.  Theoretically, they can change again and again.  This happens potentially when the router reconnects to the Internet.  In the past this was often but now that occurs less frequently.  The formerly familiar “forced separation” in which the provider once a day cut off the connection is a thing of the past.  It is only used for analog and ISDN connections.

With modern DSL and cable connections, most providers don’t do it, since in this case also the telephone connection would be affected by the separation.  This means that there will only be a different IP address from the Internet service provider when the router is restarted.  Or, as in the case of Deutsche Telekom, after 180 days.  As a rule, most users are therefore clearly identifiable for weeks or even months based on their IP address.  In addition, even dynamic addresses do not protect against tracing.  In Germany, there are legal possibilities to obtain connection information from the provider and thus readily determine the identity of an Internet user.

Mistake 2: Why change the IP address, I do not need that!

Of course – not everyone has to or wants to be anonymous on the internet.  Who, for example, someone broadcasts his illnesses on the street, reports to the credit bank about his passion for gambling or shares his sexual inclinations at every party can also confidently do without privacy on the Web.

Everyone else should be on guard.  Why should you change the IP address?  A vast industry of spies lurk on the web unnoticed revealed surfing profiles of each one of us.  They evaluate the traffic and condense them into detailed personality profiles.  And every visit to the internet leaves a lot of traces.  The IP address tells page operators about the approximate location and Internet bandwidth.  Only through an effective combination of IP anonymization plus other protective measures, users retain full sovereignty over their data.

Mistake 3: I use browser add-ons like Ghostery and Adblock.  That’s enough for protection!

Browser extensions block trackers, cookies, and social media buttons that spy on browsing behavior.  They not only improve privacy but also reduce advertising.  The thing is there are several hooks:

  • Protects just the browser: Browser extensions only safeguard the browser itself, but not the PC in general and even less other accessible devices on the network.
  • Do not block everything: Although such add-ons hide activities from trackers and advertising, they do not disguise the IP address. Completely anonymous surfing remains an illusion.
  • Connections to the advertising industry: Whether Web of Trust or Ghostery – more than once, the services themselves behind the extensions turned out to be trackers, at the same time diligently collecting data through the system called “Human Web.” Ghostery, which belongs indirectly to the Burda publishing house, the level of privacy protection can only be speculated.

Mistake 4: Anonymous Surfing Is Lame!

When using the software of the free Tor network, there is no doubt that there is something in this option.  After all, the requests first have to run over several servers (so-called Tor nodes) until they end up at the receiver.  This makes the service very secure during daily surfing, but almost unusable for broadband downloads. The speed of regular page rendering is usually okay, but while downloading and playing videos on the home computer, the experience under the Tor anonymization process suffers tremendously.

By contrast, it runs much faster with commercial VPN services (VPN = Virtual Private Network).  Because in this case, the data must take only the detour via the proxy server infrastructure of the VPN provider.  If enough bandwidth is available, the speed is close to the maximum speed of the Internet line.

Mistake 5: When I use the Tor network, I end up in the Darknet!

Equally correct would be the statement that every surfer on the Internet automatically lands on porn sites.  The right assumption is that access to the darknet is possible via the servers of the Tor network.  But who does not want to Darknet, will not land there.  In addition, there are ways and means to block the way into the Darknet.  For example, the eBlocker protects the privacy of the Internet user – by using Tor on the device to hide the IP address.  However, the eBlocker does not allow access to Darknet domains.  Anyone who wants to go in must actively bypass this barrier.

Mistake 6: It’s All Too Complicated!

When asked why they do not change the IP address many users respond, “That’s too complicated for me.” They are not entirely wrong.

It’s possible to configure your browser to obstruct tracking, but many people don’t have the expertise to set it up correctly. eBlocker is a solution for all your devices in your home network, once installed it can be set up to reduce or fake much of the data that is returned to the nosey websites or trackers who are spying on your visits.

By visiting our Privacy Check page you’ll see what data is known about you, you’ll also find some short videos showing how blocking tools like the eBlocker can mask this information. Enjoy and don’t be scared; we’re here to protect you.

Anyone who actually wants to anonymise the IP address of every Internet-compatible device in the household faces an almost impossible mammoth task.  Plug-ins or VPN programs, for example, do not work on smart TVs, game consoles or IoT devices (IoT = Internet of Things).  The eBlocker makes it much easier.

Connected to the home network, the little box anonymizes the online behavior of all Internet-enabled devices in the system.  In addition to the computer, it also protects tablets, smart TVs, game consoles and IoT devices, for which there are hardly any options for privacy protection.  Optionally over the Tor network or by VPN the original IP is masked.

In addition, the eBlocker reliably blocks all trackers and data-collecting advertising.  Thanks to this combination, the eBlocker offers for the first time comprehensive protection of privacy at the network level – without software installation.

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