Your Internet Protocol (IP) address is a unique number devices use to communicate and identify with each other through the internet network, similar to a mailing address. Data and information passes through from one device to another after identifying the IP address' of both sender and receiver. Your IP address can be viewed from the public, allowing others to see where you are, where your device is located, and other information that passes through that address.
The recent string of security breaches on major corporations by malicious hackers and scammers is a huge cause for concern. However, security breaches can happen to individuals who use the internet because your IP address can be seen by the public. Your data can be logged, monitored, and analyzed by your ISP, which can be used by marketers to aggressively target your computer.
Those who are often on public Wifi are vulnerable to hackers and snoopers who try to obtain your private information as the data are being passed between your computer and its destination. By using PIA's VPN service, your IP address can be hidden so that onlookers cannot obtain your information.
Private Internet Access provides the best service for hiding and redirecting your IP address. The service redirects your IP address to one of our own servers through a private network tunnel over a public network. In addition to hiding your IP address, PIA encrypts your data at a packet level which provides you with another layer of security.
To PIA, your online security as well as privacy is greatly important, thus we do not keep logs of any of your data making you virtually untraceable. You will be able to surf the web anonymously without having to look behind your back constantly. You will also gain unrestricted access to the internet to its fullest. The service will allow you to bypass censorship and firewalls placed by your country.
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Yes, it is possible to fake the IP address shown to websites on the internet by using a VPN. A VPN server works by masking your real IP address with the VPN server’s IP address all the time.
This is how it works without a VPN IP address:
This is how it works with a VPN and a "fake" IP address
Note, some websites do blacklist checks and certain fake IP addresses might trigger captchas. This is why it’s important to use a reputable service to change your IP address.