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Hide your IP address with NordVPN

Instantly hide your IP address, protect your identity, and secure yourself against malware.

Hide your IP address and protect your online identity

How to hide your IP address

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Every device connected to the internet — from your smartphone to your printer — is given an IP address to communicate with websites and other devices. Your IP address can be used to track your activity and reveal your location, so hiding your digital identity is a great way to stay private and secure online.

Masking your IP address with a VPN is the safest and fastest way to protect your privacy online. NordVPN can instantly hide your IP address, secure your online activities, and even help protect you against malware.

Different ways to hide your IP address

Using a VPN to hide your IP address

Hide your IP address with with a VPN

A VPN hides your IP address and encrypts your online activity for maximum privacy and security. It does this by connecting you to an encrypted, private VPN server, instead of the ones owned by your ISP. This means your activity can’t be tracked, stored, or mishandled by third-parties.

To enjoy online privacy and security, just pick a trustworthy VPN service, download the app, and connect to the server of your choice. The best VPNs offer dedicated apps for all your devices, including smartphones, tablets, and even smart TVs.

TOR as an option to hide your IP address

Hide your IP address with Tor

If you want to hide your IP address and browse anonymously, you can use the Tor Browser — just keep in mind that you may experience sluggish speeds. You’ll also need to know the exact URL of the website you want to visit. Be cautious when using the Tor network as it has no shortage of scams, phishing sites, and malware, all designed to trick new users. We recommend always using a VPN and verifying publicly posted Tor URLs from multiple sources.

Keep in mind that anything you do outside of the Tor browser will still stay out in the open. To anonymize the activities on your regular browser, use a VPN.

Using a proxy server to conceal your IP address

Hide your IP address with a proxy server

A proxy server hides your IP address by using the IP address of the proxy server instead. A proxy server can hide your location, and some even encrypt your data making you more private and secure. It can also block access to certain websites based on their IP addresses, which is great for making the internet more child-friendly at home.

A proxy will need to be configured on your web browser and may slow down your internet speed. You should also keep in mind that proxy servers offer no guaranteed protection.

Using public WI-Fi to avoid revealing your own IP address

Use public Wi-Fi to hide your IP address

Public Wi-Fi is free and accessible around the world. When you connect to public Wi-Fi on your laptop or smartphone, you’re assigned a different IP address from your real one. Bear in mind, however, that public Wi-Fi is unsafe and unreliable. Criminals can easily intercept your data on unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots, or even set up fake hotspots to compromise your mobile device upon connection. Using Wi-Fi is risky without additional security measures like a VPN.

To use public Wi-Fi, simply turn on the Wi-Fi from your device settings and select the public network you want to connect to.

The best way to hide your IP address

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    Instantly hide your IP address when you use a VPN

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    Encrypt your data traffic for more privacy and security

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    Access foreign content from anywhere in the world

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    Bypass bandwidth throttling based on activity

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    Reliable VPNs charge a subscription fee

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    Some websites block access to VPN users

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    Browse in relative privacy

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    Access content from anywhere in the world

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    Your data is neither encrypted nor private

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    Operators are able to monitor users

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    The Onion network is notoriously slow

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    Some websites block access to Tor users

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    Hides your IP address

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    Helps filter explicit content

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    Vulnerable to security exploits

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    Proxy servers can be of poor quality

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    Some proxy servers log your activities

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    Millions of free hotspots around the world

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    Your data is not encrypted

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    Unstable connection

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    Leaves your device vulnerable to data hijackers

4 reasons to mask your IP address

You might be wondering why you need to hide your IP address in the first place. Here are the main reasons:

Hiding your location

If you want to hide your virtual location from websites and third parties, hiding your IP will do the trick.

Online freedom

Using a different IP address lets you avoid many censorship and surveillance measures.

A better online experience

Hiding your IP prevents your ISP from tracking your online activities and throttling your internet speed based on what you’re doing.

Online privacy

Shield your online activities, including the websites you visit, from your ISP and others to enjoy privacy on the internet.

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Why choose NordVPN to hide your IP address

The best way to hide your IP Address

The best way to hide your IP address and mask your internet activity is by using NordVPN to encrypt your connection. For maximum protection, use NordVPN on all of your devices, including your smartphone, laptop, tablet, PC, and even your home router.

With a single subscription, you can use NordVPN on 6 devices at the same time. You can get the NordVPN app for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, iPad, Linux, and Android TV. We even have browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox, and, with a few extra steps, NordVPN can be used on Amazon Kindle, Fire Stick, and gaming consoles.

And best of all? In addition to hiding your IP, NordVPN comes with a host of other features — Threat Protection against malware and other hazards, Meshnet to link up with other devices directly for secure file sharing or gaming, and much more.

Hide your IP address in 3 easy steps

Once you’ve downloaded the NordVPN app, follow these 3 steps to hide your IP address:


Open NordVPN

Launch the NordVPN app on your device


Choose a subscription

Choose a monthly or annual subscription and sign in



Hit ‘Quick Connect’ to instantly hide your IP address

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