To get a New York IP address in five minutes follow the steps below:
You now have a New York state IP address.
This guide explains how to get a New York state IP address. We explore the three key mechanisms for getting an IP address based in the Empire state:
First of all, why would you look into getting a New York state IP address? There are several possibilities:
We explain the key mechanisms that might be used to access a New York state IP Address: Proxies, Tor, Home VPN services and Premium VPN services.
Proxy servers (or ‘proxies’) are a ‘middleman’ server that mediates between you and the webpage that you seek to access. By using a proxy service, it is the proxy, rather than you, which accesses the eventual destination web address.
Using a proxy is an effective way of masking your internet activity: Only the IP address of the proxy is known.
Proxies vary by ‘protocol’. The main types of protocol include:
Aside from the security protocol used, proxies can be distinguished by the type of server used:
To use a proxy server, you can either:
While free and paid versions are available, many report having better experiences with paid proxy provider services.
In order to receive a New York state IP address, you will need to make sure you seek out a proxy that is located in New York State (such as a datacentre proxy server based there).
There are potential disadvantages to using a proxy:
Tor refers to ‘The Onion router’. It is a system which reroutes your internet traffic through multiple servers that are part of Tor network. Through Tor, your internet activity is passed through various different servers that act as ‘relays’. Eventually, your request passes through an ‘exit node’ and onto your desired destination.
To access Tor, you should download the Tor browser (as pictured below):
The difficulty is, in order to end up with a New York state IP address you will need to ensure that the browser is configured for an exit node based in New York state. This is no easy task and may require manual verification of IP addresses to end up with an eventual New York state-based IP address.
Furthermore, trying to choose a specific exit node can provide visible traces of your activity and counteract any anonymity that was sought via Tor.
In general, VPNs are created by VPN service providers who have a vast network of servers worldwide. Once you are logged into the VPN, the request is mediated through one of those servers before it arrives at the destination website.
This means that your actual IP address is substituted for the new server IP address, with your traffic looking as though it originated from there.
A high-quality VPN service makes it straightforward to choose a New York state IP address.
The benefits of using a VPN include:
Rather than using a VPN service, you could also establish a New York state IP address by setting up your own VPN. There are several ways this can be done:
As well as requiring a decent amount of technical know-how to implement securely, the problem with these options is that you need to actually have a physical location in New York state to locate your home VPN server.
New York state IP addresses have been prominent in the news in recent months: Accessing social security benefits to which New York state residents are entitled requires that individuals use a New York state IP address. Otherwise, those individuals risk being blocked from accessing those benefits.
Therefore, it is particularly important that any New York residents with a VPN service installed check that their VPN is set to a New York server before applying or carrying out any activity relating to their benefits.
Using a proxy server or Tor are not reliable mechanisms for getting a New York state IP address. In addition, neither option provides the security and anonymity through encryption that a VPN can provide.
While home-based VPN servers are a possibility, this is no use if you do not have a physical location in New York state (or someone else in the state you can trust to host the server). Therefore, in order to ensure that you have a reliable New York state IP address at all times, we recommend you use a premium VPN service.