An IP (short for Internet Protocol) address is a unique string of numbers assigned to your device when you connect it to the Internet. To put it plainly, an IP address is very similar to a physical address, just that it identifies you online, not offline.
This IP address is kept by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) until you disconnect from the Internet. Some ISPs may assign you with the same IP for months or even years, thus rendering you very easily identifiable online.
So here are 4 reasons why you should hide your IP (a.k.a. your online identity) in 2017 and not let others sneak a peek into your private life:
- Just last year, in Great Britain, the Investigatory Powers Act a.k.a the Snoopers’ Charter was passed into law.
- In March, the US Senate has enabled Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to sell their users’ most private data – their web browsing activities.
- The huge increase in smartphone use and the growing demand for free public WiFi networks, which are incredibly easy to hack, leaving our most important data (such as credit card credentials) exposed.
- On top of this, people have decided to spend large amounts of money on gadgets that can record everything they do around them, just check the latest WikiLeaks revelations.
Basically, in 2017, it is becoming legal for the government and ISPs to spy on people around the world.
That is why more and more people should consider using IP-hiding tools such as VPNs (a.k.a Virtual Private Network or, simply put, an app which renders you anonymous online).