This post presents two free hide IP applications that can be used to change your visible IP address and browse the Internet in privacy and anonymity.
Ultrasurf and NotMyIP (Later Edit: NotMyIP and Privacy-Gateway.com are no longer available. Check other hide ip tools.) are two very similar tools to hide/change your IP address. Due to the fact that Ultrasurf is very well know and consequently blocked by many security products and filter, NotMyIP has gained lately a lot of popularity.
On Privacy-Gateway.com, the home of NotMyIP, I have found an interesting comparison between the two free hide IP products. From the very beginning, Privacy-Gateway team declares that NotMyIP was not built to replace Ultrasurf but more as an alternative when Ultrasurf is blocked.
Main features: NotMyIP vs Ultrasurf
Further, here is the comparison as found on Privacy-Gateway.com:
|Free hide IP tool||Yes||Yes|
|One click IP change||Yes||Yes|
|Changes your IP to a US one
|Changes your IP to a non-US IP address
|Clears your browser cookies||No||Yes|
|Automatically configures IE
|Automatically configures Firefox
||Yes||No, an add-on must be installed.|
|Automatically configures other browsers||Yes||No, manual configuration is needed.|
|Seen as malware by security solutions
||Not yet||Very probable|
|Blacklisted IPs||No||Most of them (every version exposes different IPs)|
What do I think?
In my opinion, both products are good and provide solid browsing anonymity. Similar features, similar performance. To conclude: what I appreciate to NotMyIP is that fact that it performs auto configuration for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc. Thus, no need for add-ons or other manual configs.
What do you think?
Have you tried Ultrasurf and/or NotMyIP? What do you think of them? Which one is better?