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Do you know where I could get an IP address scrambler?
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by:luphus
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what do you mean by that? Why would you want to scramble an IP address?
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There is no such thing.
Whenever you access the internet or any IP based net, you must submit to the rules of the net.
The IP net-structure builds upon the idea of having multiple independent nets bound together with what is called routers.
A router is a unit that has the knowledge of what nets lies of wich side of it. Therefore, if you want access to something that does not exist within you reach, a router must know or no connection can be made.
Because of this, the router has a knowledge of who you are. Because if you won't tell, then it doesn't know where to send your package.
When it forwards your package, the router adds information to the next routers about the origin of the package so that the package doesn't just go back and forth.
There are a few instances where it has a purpose to "hide"the originating IP address.
One is because you are on a local net behind a masquerading router, another is if you are doing what is called tunneling.
Local nets are nets with special number series that does (by definition) not get transported on the net.
As their IP's are "illegal" so to speak, they need somebody to lend them an identity. That is a special task for a router.
Tunneling is when you use part of the net to "encapsulate"your transmission. Example would be that a company in US and a company in Europe wants to  bind their internal nets together. They would then "tunnel" the nettraffic over the internet.
Other than that there is no way to hide.
If you view one of my webpages, the server immidiatly knows where you are. I can even do a "traceroute" wich will tell me exactly which machines you passed on your way to me.

If your question is about to hide your identity in emails and news: thats not difficult.
For emails, you should search for what is called anonymous remailers. There are not many, but  some exists.
You mail them, and they repeat your mail removing your real identity.
They usually handle both mail and news.
News is not difficult at all. Newsservers only note who actually introduced the news. The server that is. Not the originator.

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