How to Hide My IP in IRC

The IP (Internet Protocol) address on your computer can divulge a lot of information to others, including what Internet service provider you are using and even where your computer is located. When your IP address is posted for the public to see, it opens the gateway for outside security attacks and even unwanted junk e-mail. For that reason, users may want to hide their IP address in Internet Relay Chat (IRC) rooms with a technique called hostmasking.

Start the mIRC chat client.

Click "Options" on the top menu bar. This will bring up the Options window.

Click "Options" in the category list that appears on the left-hand side of the Options window.

Click the "Perform" button in the Options window. This will open a new Perform window.

Type "//mode $me +x" in the large white box that appears in the Perform window.

Check the box next to the option to "Enable perform on connect."

Click the "OK" button to save your new settings.

Connect to the IRC chat using your newly configured client.

Start the mIRC chat client.

Click on the "File" option from the menu and select "Setup."

Click the "Firewall" option in the Setup window.

Click to enable the "Use SOCKS Firewall" option.

Enter your Wingate server information in the "Hostname" box.

Do not enter any information in the "User ID" and "Password" boxes.

Set the default port as "1080."

Click "OK" to finish the set-up, then connect to the IRC network using your newly configured client.


Some IRC networks will only support the hostmasking option if you have registered with the chat network.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • mIRC chat client
  • Wingate Proxy Server (optional)
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Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.