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Shared IP vs. dedicated IP

Dedicated IP

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Used only by you

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Clean online reputation

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Always the same virtual location

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Access to IP-restricted networks

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Use on 2 devices at the same time

Shared IP

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Shared by multiple users

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Good for P2P file sharing

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No access to IP-restricted networks

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Risk of getting blacklisted

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Use on 6 devices at the same time

The main difference between a dedicated IP and a shared IP is who can use it. A dedicated IP is an internet protocol address assigned exclusively to your account by a service like a VPN provider or a hosting site. A shared IP is an internet protocol address assigned by a service to many users.

There are some other differences between the two. A dedicated IP is less likely to be blacklisted from certain websites; it enables you to avoid CAPTCHAs and makes online payments easy. With a shared IP, your online footprints are hidden among the online activity of everyone else using the same IP.

That does not mean that a dedicated IP is less secure — with a VPN, your real IP stays hidden from third parties, no matter whether it’s dedicated or shared.

Adding a dedicated IP to your VPN service gives you freedom – you can switch between shared and dedicated IP depending on what you’re doing online.

What is a dedicated IP?

A dedicated IP is an IP address that a service (e.g., a hosting site, a VPN provider) assigns solely for your use. Unlike a shared IP, which is assigned to many users, a dedicated IP is unique to your account — no one else can use it. Whether you need a dedicated IP or a shared IP depends entirely on your requirements — neither is inherently better.

Benefits of a dedicated IP

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Secure access to business servers

To prevent unwarranted access to sensitive systems, administrators may specify a list of authorized IP addresses. This way, you can log in to a system only if your IP matches one on the whitelist. A dedicated IP address is an ideal solution for accessing corporate remote access systems or private servers securely.

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Secure online payments

If you use VPN for secure online banking, each time you may appear to virtually be in a different location. Banks may treat it as a suspicious activity and lock you out of your account. Solution? Using VPN with a static dedicated IP lets you avoid repetitive verification while keeping your security in place.

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Skip the blacklists

A downside of a shared IP is a “bad neighbor effect”: you never know what other users with the same IP address are up to. That’s why shared IPs can turn up in blacklists, limiting your access to certain websites. Even though a dedicated IP address is not as discreet, there is a much lower possibility for it to be blacklisted.

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Forget the ‘captchas’

Multiple people using the same shared IP address often trigger CAPTCHA authentication. It becomes too annoying to constantly prove that you’re not a robot. By using a dedicated IP address, you will be able to log in to your email and other online accounts without unnecessary interruptions.

How to get a dedicated IP?

1. Buy NordVPN

If you don’t have an active NordVPN subscription, buy one. You’ll need it to use the dedicated IP.

2. Order a dedicated IP

Follow the detailed instructions on how to buy and set up the dedicated IP here.

3. Connect and enjoy

Your dedicated IP address will appear in the server selection in your NordVPN app.

We offer dedicated IP addresses in these locations: United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France and Germany.

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