In this article we will discuss IP spoofing. IP stands for internet protocol and is basically a number assigned to your computer when it connects to the internet by your ISP ( Internet Service Provider). Your ISP is the company you get internet through whether it is with your cable or with your phone they are the ones who assign your IP address for internet use. Your IP address is basically an address for your computer similar to your mailing address for your home. The IP address can be used for many things in the modern world and I would give caution with using it. I would recommend using a proxy as much as possible regardless of your browsing habits as hackers and other people online like to grab your IP address and use it for attacking your computer, putting viruses on it and a myriad of other reasons.
Almost every single website you visit has a log and in that log is a record of the different IP addresses that visit the webpage. With this information they can know where you are located and if it is a law agency they can easily find out who you are and much more personal information about you. Many people have been contacted by their ISP as a warning for what they were downloading whether it be movies or music. Usually a law enforcement agency will contact your ISP and ask for records and logs of visited websites if they are suspicious of your internet activity. And then depending on whether they want to warn you of press federal charges they will have your ISP warn you or just show up at your door at the wee hours of night or morning.
So knowing that and how our IP address seriously affects our privacy and surgfing habits I would recommend spoofing it on a consistent level for personal privacy reasons. I do not condone or recommend using it for illegal purposes as you will pay the price eventually. So how do we go about spoofing our IP adress? There are a number of ways to do this so to start the most simple and easy way to do this is by using what is called a CGI proxy.
Basically how a proxy works is instead of asking for a website from our internet service we connect to another internet service and ask them for the information. Basically the request to visit bobspage.com would be redirected through the proxy server and we would receive the information through them and then instead of directly from our ISP. This is also known as bouncing your IP address. This is how a proxy works and proxy basically means to go through. A CGI proxy means COMMON GATEWAY INTERFACE proxy. It is basically an online website that offers a proxy in such a way that all you need to do is go to the CGI proxy website and type in the website you are trying to access spoofed. A lot of ISP's have blocks on certain websites and the same goes with school and work computers. With a CGI proxy you go to its page, enter the site that is blocked you want to visit and you will be taken their through their server unblocked.
Here are a list of CGI proxy websites: (if some don't work they sometimes are taken down for different reasons usually regarding legality issues, do a google search for there are lots and lots of them). Keep in mind that by using a proxy it will almost always slow down your internet speed since it is rerouting the request and it is usually rerouting it through an offshore server which takes time to relay the requested information and website.
Freeproxysite.com ( a list of more cgi proxies )
The second way to spoof your IP address and the way that I like, is to use a separate program for the task. Personally I would recommend using TOR for the job. It installs into windows and integrates itself into Firefox with a button at the bottom right hand corner of Firefox. All you have to do is install it and click that button and you are anonymous and using its proxy. Another good thing about TOR is that it is offshore located in germany and it is free to use and download. By it being offshore if they were required to give logs and records to a law enforcement agency it would ultimately make things harder for them and a lot of times different countries will not cooperate and if so the process drags on for some time. I would recommend JAP but there is a topic and debate on a backdoor they had years back in which they were giving record information out to law agencies.
The last way I would suggest using a proxy and a little more difficult way would be to set up a computer as a firewall and share its internet connection with your surfing machine. In essence you would set up a dummy computer to hook up to the internet and would run the internet through that machine into your personal use computer with an added ethernet card or by bridging the connections. I would not suggest this over a proxy unless you know what you are doing as it requires another computer and slightly slows the connection speed though not as much as the other described methods. To be sure the proxy is working go to whatismyip.com and check your original IP address. Afterwards when you start the proxy or use the CGI proxy to go that website and it should show something quite different and then your IP address is spoofed. Happy surfing.