What is IP Masking?

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IP masking is the process of hiding your real IP address.

The most frequently used IP masking method involves uses a proxy server that acts as a middleman between the computer and the server.

The computer sends its request to the proxy server and the proxy server transmits a fake IP address to the original server. In IP masking, the fake IP address belongs to the proxy server.

The purpose of IP masking is to remain anonymous on the Internet while you are surfing, communicating, downloading or uploading a file. Proxy servers can fulfill various requests, such as file transfers.

There are many advantages to this: it can protect you from identity theft, protect your privacy and conceal your location, which could otherwise be traced. The following are the most commonly used methods for IP masking:

Web-based proxy servers: In web-based proxy servers, the user enters the URL of the website he / she wishes to visit. Upon submitting the URL, the proxy server requests the specified page and displays it to the user, but the IP address passed to the real website server belongs to the proxy server.

Other methods that provide IP masking services include browser configured proxy server, installed software proxy servers and VPN (virtual private network).

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