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Dedicated IP address: what are the advantages?
Today we will talk about the IP address and the benefits of a dedicated IP for safe connection to the network through a VPN server.
What is an IP address?
An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a unique numerical address that identifies a device on the Internet or a local area network. It is regulated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
There are two types of Internet addresses: IPv4 and IPv6.
What is the difference between IPv4 and IPv6?
IPv4 address is used since 1981 as the most widely accepted. It consists of four numbers from 0 to 255 separated by a dot. Since there can be only 4.3 billion such combinations, and the number of devices with Internet access has passed the 29 billion mark (according to statistics from CISCO, one of the world's largest IT companies), a new type — IPv6 has been developed. It represents eight blocks of letters and numbers separated by colons. The number of such possible combinations is 2128 billion.
What is an IP address used for?
All devices connect to the network, with an Internet provider as their bridge. A simplified model of it looks like this: device → provider → Internet. Thanks to IP address, the provider performs data exchange upon users' request.
Data from every website is stored on the server. Every server has its own IP address on the worldwide network. Therefore, each website also has its own Internet address, or more, if we are talking about a large portal hosted on several servers.
There is no need to remember the IP address to access a specific resource. To do that, the Domain Name System, or DNS, was created. This technology enables the browser to find the IP address by name and upload the website (see our article What is a DNS server).
Is a VPN server hiding your IP address?
When you connect to a network via a VPN server, your original IP address is replaced by the IP address for the VPN server, which can be located anywhere in the world. Beyond privacy, VPN servers from LLHOST INC. help improve your online security, as well as protect Internet traffic, by encrypting the data transmitted from your device.
What kinds of IP addresses do exist?
According to the assignment method, there are static and dynamic IP addresses.
A static IP address is permanently assigned to the user. It does not change with each new connection to the network, being an identifier for a certain network node.
Dynamic IP is a temporary address that is assigned to the device throughout the session. Once connected to the network, the user receives one of the addresses available at that time. When connecting afterwards, the device is assigned another address among the available ones.
A dynamic IP is characterized by a slower download and upload speed than a static IP address (which is highly discouraged when using a VPN service), with the threat of disconnect, from deceleration to complete shutdown, associated with the assignment of a new free IP.
According to the type of location, IP addresses are divided into public and dedicated ones.
A public IP address allows multiple users to access the Internet with the same address.
A dedicated IP address is a unique IP address which is assigned solely to you. With a dedicated IP, all the benefits of a VPN server are available, such as the interaction of company branches, access to geo-restricted content, mail service protection against blocking due to suspected spam, and much more.
What are the benefits of a dedicated IP address?
Secure access to all accounts. Bank clients, online stores, social networks can block your account if you regularly change your IP addresses. Connect to the network through VPN servers from LLHOST INC. for secure transactions.
No security checks required. Website security services will be less likely to consider you a robot and offer to fill out a CAPTCHA.
Secure remote work. Connect securely to your working network from your home device and continue to operate anonymously with our No-logs Policy.
Protection of IoT devices. Data and settings from home security cameras, smart doorbells and other IoT devices which may collect data will only be available to you, and the opportunity for unauthorised access is minimized.
What problems can a dedicated IP address solve?
- Blackmail services if your IP neighbours are spamming. It will also block the Inbox and Mailbox from your asset.
- Sanction blocking of an IP address if neighboring resources are recognized as forbidden and blocked by supervisory structures.
- A DDoS attack against one of the “neighbors” by IP address threatens all resources with a public Internet address.
Thus, a dedicated IP address will help avoid many problems caused by users' actions with the same IP.
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