How to Get a New Jersey IP Address with a VPN

Updated on: 5 August 2020
Updated on:5 August 2020

Get a New Jersey IP address in five minutes:

New Jersey IP Address

To get started right away, follow these instructions to get a New Jersey IP address in about five minutes (no installation needed):

  • Sign up at ExpressVPN
  • Add the ExpressVPN extension to Chrome or install the App
  • Open ExpressVPN and connect to a New Jersey server (image below)
  • Now your IP is from New Jersey

Open ExpressVPN and search for USA in the right bar:

New Jersey IP

Click on USA and you should see a dropdown menu with all the servers.

Connect to New Jersey 1

There are several reasons why it might be a good idea to acquire a New Jersey IP address. In this Guide we set out three key mechanisms for accessing an IP address in the Garden State:

  • Proxy servers;
  • Tor; and,
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

We consider the merits of each option and identify a commercial VPN service as your best choice for a New Jersey IP address.

Why you should get a New Jersey IP address?

There are several reasons why it might be a good idea to get a New Jersey IP address. For example:

  • You may be based in another state (such as New York), and need access to a site that will not accept a New York state IP address;
  • You may be based outside New Jersey, and seek to access a site that requires New Jersey-only IP addresses;
  • You may be based in New Jersey, but need access to another New Jersey IP address. For example, in the past, New Jersey residents with New Jersey IP addresses living near the state border have been blocked from gambling sites due to geo-restrictions aimed at customers outside the state.

We consider three different mechanisms for getting a New Jersey IP address: Proxies, Tor and VPN.

Using a Virtual Private Network to get a New Jersey IP address

VPNs are issues by VPN service providers: The service providers have a network of servers located throughout the world. Once you are signed into your VPN, your request will be mediated through one of these servers, before reaching its destination website. Your IP address is replaced by the IP address of that new server, and your traffic will look as if it comes from there.

With a reputable commercial VPN, it is easy to choose a New Jersey IP address.

Advantages of using a VPN include:

  • It is much easier to choose the server location for your IP address;
  • Unlike proxies, your activity is encrypted on its way to the VPN server, so your ISP cannot see your activity;
  • All traffic from your computer or device is encrypted. With Tor, only traffic going through the browser is encrypted. With a router VPN you can even apply the VPN to all traffic that goes through your internet connection;
  • Tor exit nodes are identifiable and could lead to your activity being monitored;
  • As traffic is only directed through one server, rather than multiple relay servers, a VPN is usually much quicker than a Tor browser.

How to use a VPN to get a New Jersey IP address in five minutes

To get started right away, follow these instructions to get a New Jersey IP address in about five minutes (no installation needed):

  • Sign up at ExpressVPN;
  • Add the ExpressVPN extension to Chrome or install the App;
  • Open ExpressVPN and click on USA and you should see a dropdown menu with all the servers;
  • Connect to New Jersey – 3 as your location;
  • Connect to a New Jersey server (image below).

Your IP address is now based in New Jersey.

New Jersey IP

Limitations of VPNs in New Jersey

It is worth noting that a VPN in itself may not give you access to various online gambling services available in New Jersey such as Golden Nugget, or Bet365, or Borgata.

All of these websites use a complex system of triangulation, combining IP address with geolocation and other data, to work out where you are located. This is intended to stop anyone out of New Jersey from online gambling in the state.

If your PC or device is not specifically located in the Garden State, then the automatic location verification protocols are likely to deny you access, even if you are using a VPN

Using a proxy server for a New Jersey IP address

A proxy server, commonly referred to simply as a ‘proxy’, is a server that acts as an intermediary or ‘middle point’ between you and the web page that you seek to visit: It is the proxy server, not you directly, that accesses the destination web address.

A proxy adds anonymity to your internet behaviour, as the destination site will not be informed of your actual IP address. Instead, it will see the IP address of the proxy server.

There are different types of proxy depending on the ‘protocol’ – the set of rules for internet communication – that is employed. Key types include:

  • HTTP/S proxies. These proxies only affect activity on your web browser, and do not affect other web communications;
  • SOCKS/SOCKS5 proxies. While HTTP proxies can only work with HTTP/HTTPS webpages, SOCKS5 proxies operate with any type of web traffic;
  • Smart DNS. This tool re-routes your geographical data through a server in the geographical area (such as New Jersey) that you seek. While this can give you access to geo-restricted content, it will not provide you with a different IP address.
  • Proxy servers can be accessed directly via proxy provider websites or through browser extensions: Free and paid options are available.
  • To access a New Jersey IP address via a proxy you will need to ensure that you seek out a proxy specifically based in New Jersey.
  • It must be emphasized that proxy servers do not generally provide encryption at the level of other solutions such as VPNs.

Using Tor to get a New Jersey IP address

Tor stands for ‘The Onion Router’. It is a mechanism that relays your traffic through multiple Tor servers. In Tor, each server acts as a relay, passing on your traffic to the next address, before your request accesses your destination site via an ‘exit node’.

The many different layers of servers through which your traffic is directed has similarities with onion layers, hence the name. Your original IP address is lost in the relaying between different servers and it is only the exit node that accesses your destination site, ensuring a certain level of anonymity.

Tor is usually accessed by downloading the Tor browser [see image below].

To ensure that you end up with a New Jersey IP address using Tor you would need to configure the browser for an exit node based in New Jersey. This is not a straightforward process (you may need to manually verify several IP addresses before you could be sure it was based in New Jersey).

It is also worth pointing out that choosing a specific exit node may undermine the intended anonymity of Tor.

Note that it is sometimes reported that the use of Tor for illegal purposes means that this mechanism may be the target of increased attention of the authorities.

Conclusion

There are several mechanisms that you could use in order to change your IP to a New Jersey IP address, including proxies and Tor. However, we recommend using a commercial VPN service. This offers the highest level of privacy/anonymity and allows straightforwardly for the selection of a New Jersey-based IP address.

Written by: Shanika W.

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Shanika Wickramasinghe is a software engineer by profession. She works for WSO2, one of the leading open-source software companies in the world. One of the biggest projects she has worked on is building the WSO2 identity server which has helped her gain insight on security issues. She is keen to share her knowledge and considers writing as the best medium to do so. Cybersecurity is one of her favorite topics to write about. Being a graduate in Information Technology, she has gained expertise in Cybersecurity, Python, and Web Development. She is passionate about everything she does, but apart from her busy schedule she always finds time to travel and enjoy nature.

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