Your IP address is a unique string of numbers assigned to you by your ISP. If you connect to a different Wi-Fi your IP address will change along with your location.

Most ISPs use dynamic IP addresses, which aren’t fixed to your device, but if you want to change dynamic to static you can request to your internet service provider.

Your IP address have a lot of information about you, someone may want to use it for malicious purposes. There plenty of ways people can get hold of your IP address.

From your device. If somebody borrows or uses your computer, they can find out what your IP address is in seconds, as there are countless free websites that let you do that.

From an email. If you send an email to someone, they can check the header of the message, which could contain your IP address. Yahoo! and Microsoft Outlook are known to include IP addresses in the email header.

Clicking on a link. Any link you click on will need to provide your iP address for the server at the other end to deliver the content provided by the link. Whoever owns that server will see your IP address.

By hacking your router.
If somebody has guessed your router’s password and logged in, they can easily view your IP address.

From a web server.
Every time you visit a website, your IP address is collected and stored on a server. Anyone who owns that server can go and look up your IP.

Clicking on an ad.
When you click on an ad, you’re giving your IP to the service provider. Some online ads can be created by malicious actors and put your security at risk.

Does a VPN hide my IP address?

Yes, it does. A VPN completely hides your IP address and encrypts your internet connection. Even better, a VPN prevents third parties like your ISP from eavesdropping on your data. Your online activity cannot be traced back to you, giving you a powerful layer of security.