I saw that many Internet users are asking on forums if hiding IP address is legal or not. This is something that I would like to clarify. Hiding IP address is both a security measure and an online privacy solution, because it allows you to protect your real IP address and your private information. Hackers and spammers can phish and track your IP address and as a consequence they can hack your computer and get private information.
Furthermore, hiding IP address can bring you many benefits as:
- online anonymity
- cleaning your online tracks
- protecting you from spyware
- sites cannot monitor you.
However, as every rule has an exception, there is a thing that you must be aware of: if you are hiding your IP address with the purpose of gaining anonymity in order to perform illegal activities, then hiding IP address is illegal. The purpose is illegal and not necessary the hiding IP activity. A good example is when you are buying a knife. There is nothing wrong in getting one as long as your intention to use it are related to cooking. Sorry, for this analogy but I just wanted to point out the essence of this post.
Another issue regards public proxies. If these proxies have been illegally obtained, then users using open public proxies are most likely breaking international law. To avoid this situation if you don’t know how secure and safe the open public proxy is, I recommend you to use a hide IP software which comes with their own proxy list.
These being told, it is up to you what you are going to do if you hide your IP address and which are your intention, but as a reminder: there is no such thing and 100% protection or 100% anonymity.