Every device connected to the internet has its own unique identifier known as an internet protocol (IP) address. This is critical for identifying the device on the global web, and each one is unique. IP addresses are provided by your internet service provider (ISP), and they typically change every time you reset or reconnect your router. Many business networks, however, use a static IP address which is always the same. All IP addresses provided by an ISP encode certain information, typically the name of your ISP and your approximate geographic location. That’s how the internet always knows where you are, and why, for example, Google always defaults to the localized version for the country you’re in.
That might sound convenient, but it also means surrendering your privacy and leaving yourself at the mercy of various controls. If you’ve ever been on holiday abroad and wanted to watch Netflix or something like it, chances are you’ve been greeted with a message along the lines of ‘this content is not available in your country’. For those who travel widely for business or pleasure, this can be extremely annoying and inconvenient. It also means you’re basically being tracked everywhere you go. So, what can you do to protect your online privacy and do away with draconian restrictions on what you can and cannot access depending on which country or region you’re in? The answer is to hide your real IP address and replace it with another.
hide.me VPN for Windows is a virtual private network that reroutes all your internet traffic through a remote server of your choice. It includes a list of handpicked servers all over the world, and the network is expanding all the time as new servers are added. The latest release adds new locations in Greece, Ireland, and the Netherlands. There’s also an automated feature which chooses the fastest location for you. However, you always have full control over which server you connect to. If you want the internet to think you’re connecting from Germany, all you need to do is select a server based in Germany. That way, you can hide your true identity and access content which normally wouldn’t be available. This is especially valuable in places where the internet is heavily censored.
But hide.me isn’t just about overcoming censorship and keeping anonymous. It also helps keep you safe with its built-in firewall to limit connectivity whenever the VPN isn’t active. It also supports split tunneling so you can choose which apps connect via the VPN and which ones connect directly to your ISP as normal. You can have up to 10 simultaneous connections to different servers. Other security features include a kill switch to prevent your real IP address from being leaked if a connection drops and IP leak protection for limiting incoming and outgoing connections to third parties. With one-click connect and automatic connection at startup, you can browse the web the way you want and connect to any public wireless hotspot without having to worry about wireless eavesdropping attacks. Get started today at https://hide.me/en/software/windows .