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How to Hide Your IP Address - Internet Cloak - Private Browsing Stealth Surfing The Internet Is Finally Here

Updated on November 21, 2015
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Concerned about your privacy? Searching for information out on the world wide web and you don't want your location revealed - either your country or your IP address? Are you in a very competitive global industry? Or you just simply want your anonymity? Welcome to the new world of Internet web browsing with the introduction of who can provide you with a complete cloak of your identity and IP address.

Under Traffic Sources, I have seen this website on my Hub Pages now twice. I find it fascinating and had to share with my fellow Hubbers. Cloaking the identity is fascinating and it is new to the Internet. What is it and how it works and how you can sign up - and I don't have any affiliation with StartPages - this is simply for your knowledge bank.

Stealth Surfing Made Simple

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Incognito Browsing

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Uses for Stealth Surfing


Concerned about being denied for "prior condition"? This might alleviate some of your concerns - go ahead and surf after you change your search engine to Start Page.

Corporate Competition

Need to keep track of the competition but you don't want to disclose your IP address which will more than likely hint at who your company is. Go ahead and surf without concern - after you change your search engine to Start Page.

Personal Privacy Philosphy

Simply want your privacy for the sake of control - this is the site for you!

Startpage's New Proxy Service!

Turn on Private Browing in Google Chrome


In clothing a cloak is simply a loose garment that serves the purpose of an overcoat. A cloak protects the wearer from the elements - cold, rain or wind. Oftentimes, the cloak has a hood and no sleeves. This was a common garment for the Opera - perhaps a formal costume carried over from England?

In the United States, the term cloak and dagger are synonymous with situations involving intrigue, secrecy, espionage, or mystery.

Wikipedia states that "The phrase has two possible origins. One dates from the early 19th century and is a translation from the French de cape et d'épée and Spanish de capa y espada (literally "of cloak and sword"). These phrases referred to a genre of drama in which the main characters literally wore these items. In 1840, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "In the afternoon read La Dama Duende of Calderón - a very good comedy of 'cloak and sword'." Charles Dickens subsequently used the phrase "cloak and dagger" a year later. The imagery of these two items became associated with the archetypical spy or assassin: The cloak, worn to hide one's identity or remain hidden from view, and the dagger, a concealable and silent weapon."

"In Historical European martial arts, the term can be taken literally, and refers to wielding a dagger in one hand and a cloak in the other. The purpose of the cloak was to obscure the presence or movement of the dagger, to provide minor protection from slashes, to restrict the movement of the opponent's weapon, and to provide a distraction. Use of the cloak and dagger was considered a "dishonest" method of combat because of its deceptive tactics. Giacomo di Grassi, in "His True Art of Defense" (1570),included a section called "The Rapier and Cloake". source:

So what is the Internet Cloak? How does it work? Does it really protect my privacy?

What is the Internet Cloak?

It is an Internet method to hide your location and your IP address. Those of us who manage Hub Pages or our own websites, can see the source of various website traffic. I love watching the international sites from Google - it makes the world allot smaller and friendlier for me to know I am reaching across the oceans and continents.

What Startpage does is provide a complete anonymity as to the source of the web search - the IP address is cloaked so we don't even know what country generated this website traffic.

Since I am not a technical person, I am providing some of the information directly from Startpage - they explain the IP address and the cookies and how they actually hide that information for you.


"What Makes Startpage Special

Startpage is powered by - the world's most private search engine.

Startpage and Ixquick are one and the same. Startpage is just easier to remember.

Startpage search results are more comprehensive and more accurate than other search engines. Startpage's unique capabilities include a Universal Power Search, a global search and power refinement.

Find phone numbers and addresses worldwide with Startpage's Phone Directory, or search through 18 million hours of video fun with Startpage's Video search.

Startpage search engine protects your Privacy!

Startpage does NOT record your IP address!
Read more on our Privacy position or go directly to Startpage's Privacy policy"


"Q: What is Startpage's policy now with regard to IP addresses and the use of ID cookies? IP addresses: Startpage does not record the IP addresses of our legitimate users.
Cookies: Startpage abolished the use of Unique ID cookies as of June 6th, 2006.
Startpage only uses one anonymous cookie that is used to remember the search preferences you saved for your next visit.

Q: Why is it so important not to store IP address or User ID cookie? People can either have a static IP address or a dynamic IP address that changes from day to day. If they have a static IP address, one can reconstruct their search history with just that IP address. If they have a dynamic IP address one can reconstruct their search history for today but not for yesterday. The user's ISP, however, can provide the missing link between the various IP addresses. The Unique user ID can also be used to tie the different IP addresses together.
So the IP address is unique to the specific computer or router, but may change from day to day. The User ID is unique for one specific search engine or website.
The combination of the both delivers extensive possibilities to track users' behavior, especially for internet conglomerates with multiple services where the users information can be combined.

Tracking within a site is typically done with the aim of producing usage statistics, while tracking across sites with so-called third party cookies, is typically done by advertising companies to produce anonymous user profiles. These profiles are then used to target advertising (deciding which advertising image to show) based on the user's profile. But advertising companies are just one of many groups that may take an interest in user profiles. Startpage deletes both the IP address and the User ID cookie. Startpage does not record IP addresses or use Unique ID cookies."

Private Browsing Enabled

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Incognito Private Browsing

Surfing The World Wide Web Safely - In Stealth Fashion

Learning the Internet is fascinating. Knowing what is really happening is important. Thank you for this opportunity to share and also hopefully have you share with us - some of these new items now available out on the world wide web or sometimes somewhere out on the web - without the www!

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      Ken Kline 18 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hi George,

      I appreciate that addition - thank you for stopping by. I will have to try this!

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      George 24 months ago

      You can use VPN/proxy service like HIDE-MY-IP. They mask your true IP by letting you to choose which IP and from what country you want. It's a great and useful stuff.

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      Ken Kline 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      That is very helpfu

      . Thank you for sharing a site that can help us retain our privacy.

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      collinsmatte 5 years ago

      This is a very helpful information about cloaking while browsing; In my case I use in hiding my ip address.

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      Tony Lawrence 7 years ago from SE MA

      I would advise being very careful with this. Some of these things want to use YOUR ip to send other would-be anonymous surfers through. They need to do use users ip's to hide that they are an anonymiser service.

      Consider what might happen if someone using YOUR ip goes out collecting child porn. Here is someone that actually happened to: