Using your smartphone to access the Internet, and send emails, visit sites or log into websites is a common thing these days, but what about privacy? Can someone trace your cell phone IP address? And if yes, what you can do to protect yourself and hide your real IP?
Mobile phones and IP tracking
Technically, when you access the Internet using your cell phone, you get an assigned IP address that can be unique or randomly changing depending on the nature of your connection. So, when you use a static IP address like the many of the cases at home, you left a traced IP in your emails or whatever you do online, in this case, yes, your cell phone IP can be traced and even, located exactly on the map if someone has advanced technologies and network algorithms.
On the other side, it’s very hard or even impossible for someone to know your real IP address when using WiFi networks. That’s because every time you connect using a WiFi, your smartphone uses a different IP that other users have used before, so, which device has used that IP in reality? Do you see? It’s not easy and even hard to achieve that level of investigation. However, if you use Bluetooth, then, that will increase the risk of intercepting your data and in that case, the IP can be also intercepted and identified.
So if you think that you send a message on Facebook, for example, using your home connection, then, you shared your real IP address that can be located and traced. That’s valid only, of course, if the ISP is assigning unique IP to your home.
In addition, when using the ISP mobile connection, you get an IP address that changes every time you connect and reconnect. So, it’s not possible to have the same IP address every time you use the Internet. It’s unlike the home internet use where you have a static IP for everything.
The modern home connected devices use different IP unless you ask for a static one, or you configured your own static IP. Meanwhile, it’s recommended to test your IP on Google, then, disconnect and reconnect a few times to see if it changes or not. If you get the same IP, then, it’s fixed and in that case, a VPN is highly recommended to protect your privacy as anyone can see your location, etc …through that unchanged IP.
How to protect your cell phone IP?
The best IP protection solution that I recommend is using a premium VPN service like NordVPN, the free ones may look working in the first use, but what they do is slowing down your connection more than protecting it. They use overloaded servers and even with a lower level of protection compared to the paid ones.
The VPN WiFi protection feature encrypts the connection between your cell phone and the website you use or visit. That way, even if someone succeeds in identifying the IP you used, he will only get the VPN server IP and not yours. It’s like a firewall that forward requests to their VPN network and not the real one.