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Change your IP Country Location

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There are various ways to change the "apparent" country or geographic location of your IP address, all involving use of an Internet relay of some sort. As your surf via such relays, the web sites and services that you use will see the IP address of the relays, and not your own.

Types of relays range from simple to complex, free to expensive, and come in the whole spectrum of reliability. This page will summarize your options.

Change IP Address Country with Private Proxies

Okay, first a little shameless self promotion. Our service uses private and SSL-compatible relays to change your IP address in either Internet Explorer or Firefox. The setup is simplified by our software, which places a dropdown list of countries on your web browser, like this:

To see which countries are currently available, please visit our homepage.

Change IP address Location with Free Proxies

Thousands of people use "public" relays to change their IP to locations around the world. However, this method involves some serious risks and drawbacks. In particular, these relays are often not SSL-compatible, so they should not be used to login to password-protected websites or to transfer any sort of personal/financial details. Furthermore, they are quite unreliable and hard to find, so unless you have a lot of time on your hands, this may be a frustrating method of changing your IP address location. More about risks.

Assuming you're still interested in this option, we have setup instructions for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Change IP Country with Web Proxies

As opposed to to "http" proxies mentioned above (where you configure your browser), a web proxy is an actual website that relays pages to you. You simply visit their homepage, enter a URL to view, and they'll display that page in a frame. The visited website will only see the IP address of the relay, and not yours (if it's working properly).

Advantages here are that these relays are also FREE, much easier to find than than "public" http proxies, and you don't have to worry about using bandwidth without permission. Unfortunately, you'll find many of the same drawbacks as before (e.g. lack of SSL support, exposure to monitoring, etc).

Also, these websites are primarily earning revenue through advertising. Therefore, they may have popups and make it tricky to find the actual form for entering a url (look for a blank box and/or "Go" button -- often near the very top or bottom of the page).

To give it a try, here are some links to change your IP country:

Change IP Location with VPN

VPN (which stands for "Virtual Private Network") is traditionally a method for logging into a remote computer/network via an encrypted connection. For example, it could be a secure means of connecting to your office server while working from home.

However, a VPN can also act as a relay, allowing you to surf the Internet and use web services with the VPN server's IP address. There are a few big advantages to VPN:

  1. The connection is encrypted, so it's also great for protecting your traffic from eavesdropping (e.g. while using public WiFi at an Internet cafe).
  2. The VPN will change your IP address in all Internet applications, not just Internet Explorer and Firefox. This means you can also use chat, video, and other external applications.

The major drawback is price, as VPN service is typically more expensive than even private proxies. You can shop around on the Internet, and also check our pricing (yes, more shameless self-promotion).

Do you know of other ways to change the location or country of your IP?

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