How to Hide an IP Address With Firefox

by Emmanuelle Douglas

Hiding your IP address with Firefox involves using proxies. Proxies act as the middlemen when you are surfing the Internet. They get you to the website you are trying to visit. If the website blocks your access because of your IP address, the proxy steps in. The proxy displays no IP address or a generic IP address. When the site sees this, you are allowed access to the website. Proxies can be added in the connection setting of Firefox, or you can add a plug-in to automate the proxy process.

Change the connection setting in Firefox to enable the built-in proxy settings. You will need the proxy address and port number for this setting to be effective. Depending on the setup, this can be manually entered or you can select the auto-detection setting. Your IT department should be able to give you this information. This type of proxy use is seen in business situations where Internet access is restricted by the IT staff.

Get the AutoProxy plug-in to disguise your IP address when surfing the Internet. Add your websites or domains that you plan to visit to the settings of this plug-in. The plug-in turns the proxy on when you visit the sites or domains are added. When visiting sites not in the preferences, it turns off the proxy. This setup gives you control of which sites to use a proxy on.

Add the Proxilla plug-in to hide your IP address while you surf the Internet. This plug-in has proxy addresses preloaded and ready for use. If you encounter any slowdowns because of heavy traffic, you can visit the vendors website and access additional proxy addresses that may not be as heavily used.

About the Author

Emmanuelle Douglas has been an avid writer since 1990. Her first professional writing assignment was for "Oscar News," a local corporate Intranet website. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematical sciences from Clemson University.

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