How do we know this?
Your IP information is publicly available. IP information can be monitored without your permission and your online activity can be tracked.
A popular method to protect your internet activity is by changing your IP address and encrypting your data using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Proxy Server.
What is an IP address?
An IP address, short for Internet Protocol address, is a virtual address that denotes the presence of an Internet connected device in a network. It is similar to an actual physical address, and is used to assign a unique identity to each device that accesses online information.
Related: How to Hide Your IP Address
Virtual Private Network
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a popular network technology which allows for remote access to servers while encrypting the communication between a computer and a server. Using a VPN allows for valuable security tools like military-grade data encryption and online anonymity.
Related: VPN Service Provider List
Proxy servers are simple servers that acts as a middle man between two computers on a network, and the proxy server itself will have a dedicated IP address. You can find free web proxies, but they will not be as fast and safe to use as a premium Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Related: Web Proxy vs VPN Service