Hiding your Internet protocol (IP) address allows you to browse the Internet anonymously, making it difficult for hackers to locate you and target your computer with viruses or spyware. Because the IP address is hidden using your web browser and not your operating system, hiding your IP address is no different with Ubuntu than with other operating systems. Ubuntu is a free, open-source operating system that uses Linux and is comparable to Windows or Mac OS.
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Things you need
- Proxy server account
- IP address from proxy server
Go to one of the websites that offers a free proxy server and sign up for an account if you don't already have one. Freeproxyserver.ca, Freeproxyserver.net and Turbo Hide are examples of free proxy-server providers. (See References)
Access your Web browser's Internet Options menu by clicking the "Tools" or "Customize" button and then clicking "Options."
Click the "Advanced" tab or the "Under the Hood" tab and then click "Proxy Settings" or "Change Proxy Settings."
Click "Add...," "Connect to private network through the Internet" and then "Next."
Type in the IP address provided to you by the proxy server and click "Next."
Name the proxy server and click "Finish."
The proxy server is added to your browser and your browser connects to the Internet using the IP address provided by the proxy server rather than by your Internet-service provider.
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