iPv6: Not detected
Every internet connected device has an IP address. For years the standard has been a 32-bit string of four groups of numbers separated by a period (for example 18.104.22.168). The problem with IPv4 is there is only around 4.3 billion possible numerical combinations. While it seems like a huge number, with all the connected internet devices in use, it won’t be long before there are no more IP addresses available.
That’s where IPv6 comes in. Instead of using 4 sets of numbers, the IPv6 uses 8 sets of four hexadecimal groups separated by colons (for example 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334). There are over 420 trillion potential IPv6 numbers.
There are a few technical advantages to having an IPv6 address, but practically speaking, the average person won’t see any difference when connected with an IPv4 or IPv6.
With all the information that marketers, government agencies, and of course your ISP can see about you, based on your IP address, it’s no wonder so many people are looking to hide their IP address. One way to anonymize your IP address is to go to a coffee shop and connect with their Wi-Fi. However, that’s not only extremely inconvenient but it will also make you an easy target for hackers who wait for people to connect to an unsecure wifi connection.
There is a much easier solution; a VPN.
The VPN will reroute your internet connection and connect you with a remote server. You will still have an IP address, but it won’t be connected to your actual location or your ISP. This is known as a “Protected Connection,” because your true online identity is protected from anyone who is trying to collect data on you.
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