We spend a good amount of time on the internet: social networks, streaming services, forums, image boards are well-integrated in modern life. Alas, our natural interaction with these services is sometimes interrupted in the form of a banned IP address. But why? And how does VPN Unlimited® dedicated personal IP help avoid IP address bans?
IP address is a unique number assigned to devices that are connected to the internet. IP is similar to physical mailing address in a sense - devices need it to know where to send, and to be able to receive information via the internet. Without IP addresses, devices wouldn’t be able to find each other on the web.
IP addresses come in two forms: dynamic and static. A dynamic IP address is assigned randomly when your device connects to the internet, and it often changes periodically. A static IP address is assigned to your specific device and remains constant - typically used for frequently accessed devices such as servers. Dynamic IPs are typically the default choice since they require less maintenance and configuration (unless there’s a specific need for a personal static IP address).
One thing to note is that we’re normally referring to public IP when talking about dynamic and static IP addresses. This means that other devices on the internet can find them and transmit information. Another type of IP address is called private IP - it’s hidden from outside access.
Most online forums resort to IP bans when dealing with malicious users and DDoS attacks. They are highly effective, but not without their shortcomings. A long-term IP ban may punish someone it wasn’t originally aimed at.
Collateral IP bans is often the case with shared VPN IP addresses, where hundreds or even thousands of people may be using one IP address. If any of those users violates the Terms of Service of the website you use and gets your mutual IP banned, you’ll be affected directly.
One way to prevent being unfairly banned is to get a personal IP address that you can use on your favorite forums or online communities. A personal IP address means you are only responsible for your own actions, since you are a sole owner and user of the IP address. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited® offers such an option: you can purchase a personal IP address and never worry about getting blacklisted for something others did.
In addition to that, a dedicated IP address can add to your account security. Some sites allow users to set a range of trusted IPs that can access their account.
With a personal server, key benefits of our VPN service, including protection of your personal data, bypassing any internet restrictions and providing fast connection speeds, are further enhanced.
Many services that operate clients’ sensitive information strive to prevent unwarranted access to their databases. For this, they can specify a list of IP addresses that are authorized, e.g. those that the client has previously used. Thus, if your IP address doesn't match one on the whitelist, you’ll be unable to log in. A dedicated personal IP address by VPN Unlimited® is an ideal solution for such situations. You only need to specify it as your IP address to the service with IP authorization to be able to access its systems remotely and securely.
Do you use VPN Unlimited® for secure online banking? You should, for it will protect your sensitive data, such as banking credentials. However, each time you connect via a different server, you will appear to be in a different location. Financial institutions, banks included, may deem it a suspicious activity. This can result in them temporarily restricting access to, or even blocking your account. To avoid this, just use your VPN Unlimited® dedicated personal IP address every time you log in to your banking accounts.
A downside of a shared IP is the danger of collateral damage as the result of the “bad neighbor effect”. You never know what other users that you share your IP address with are up to. If they get your IP blacklisted on a site or service, you too will fall victim to this penalty and will be restricted from accessing this website. But when using VPN Unlimited® dedicated personal IP, you are the sole owner of this address, and thus won’t have to worry about undeserved bans.