How to Use IPFlood (formerly IPFuck) to Hide Your IP Address with Firefox
If you are concerned about your online privacy and security, you might want to hide your IP address from the websites and services that you visit. Your IP address is a unique identifier that can reveal your location, your ISP, your browsing habits, and even your identity. By hiding your IP address, you can protect yourself from hackers, trackers, advertisers, and censorship.
IPFlood (was IPFuck) – Firefox Add-on To Hide Your IP
One way to hide your IP address is to use a proxy server, which is a third-party service that acts as an intermediary between you and the website or service that you want to access. However, using a proxy server can be slow, unreliable, or expensive. Moreover, some websites and services can detect if you are using a proxy server and block you or show you different content.
A better way to hide your IP address is to use IPFlood (formerly IPFuck), a Firefox add-on that simulates the use of a proxy server. IPFlood does not actually change your IP address or connect to a proxy server, but it changes some HTTP headers that contain information about your IP address. This way, it makes it appear to any web servers or software that are trying to track you that you are using a proxy server.
In this article, we will explain what IPFlood is, how it works, and how to use it with Firefox.
What is IPFlood?
IPFlood is a Firefox add-on created by Antoine Vastel as a proof of concept to show that IP address has become obsolete and that no one should use an IP address as an evidence anymore. This add-on is just one of many ways to spoof an IP address and these spoofing could lead to outrageous accusation of innocents.
IPFlood works by changing three HTTP headers that provide information about your IP address: X-Forwarded-For, Via, and Client-IP. These headers were created to provide information on the real IP of a person surfing through a proxy server. So when you enable IPFlood, the websites you are visiting will believe that your real IP is a proxy server and focus on the false IP you are sending.
How does IPFlood work?
You can imagine that if I could just overwrite any existing information about your IP address I would have done so (or somebody else would have a while back ago) But its actually a little more tricky: when sending a request to a server you will provide several pieces of information about your IP address: three of them come from the Application Layer and the last one comes from the Transport Layer. This last one I cant modify: you wouldnt get the answer to your request if that was done. But the three others can be overwritten without any consequence to your browsing
The three headers that IPFlood changes are:
X-Forwarded-For: This header contains the IP addresses of all the intermediate servers between you and the website or service that you want to access. For example, if you are using a proxy server with the IP address 220.127.116.11 and you want to access www.example.com with the IP address 18.104.22.168, this header will look like this: X-Forwarded-For: 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199.
Via: This header contains the names and versions of all the intermediate servers between you and the website or service that you want to access. For example, if you are using a proxy server with the name ProxyServer and the version 1.0 and you want to access www.example.com with the name ExampleServer and the version 2.0, this header will look like this: Via: 1.0 ProxyServer, 2.0 ExampleServer.
Client-IP: This header contains the IP address of the client (you) that is requesting the website or service. For example, if your IP address is 188.8.131.52 and you want to access www.example.com with the IP address 184.108.40.206, this header will look like this: Client-IP: 220.127.116.11.
IPFlood randomly generates fake values for these headers every time you send a request to a website or service. For example, if you enable IPFlood and you want to access www.example.com with the IP address 18.104.22.168, these headers might look like this:
X-Forwarded-For: 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199
Via: 3.0 FakeServer1, 4.0 FakeServer2
This way, it makes it appear that you are using two fake proxy servers with different names and versions, and that your real IP address is 21.22.23
How to use IPFlood with Firefox?
To use IPFlood with Firefox, you need to install the add-on on your browser. You can download the add-on from the official website or from the Firefox Add-ons page. The add-on is compatible with Firefox versions 3.6 and above.
Once you have installed the add-on, you will see a small icon on the right side of your address bar. This icon indicates whether IPFlood is enabled or disabled. You can click on the icon to toggle IPFlood on or off. You can also right-click on the icon to access the options menu, where you can change some settings such as:
Enable or disable IPFlood for specific websites or domains.
Choose which headers to change and which values to use.
Use a custom list of proxy servers or generate random ones.
Use a custom list of server names and versions or generate random ones.
Enable or disable notifications and logs.
When you enable IPFlood, you will see a notification on the bottom right corner of your browser that shows you the fake IP address that you are using. You can also check the logs to see the details of your requests and responses.
How to test IPFlood?
To test if IPFlood is working properly, you can use some websites or services that try to figure out your IP address and other information. For example, you can use:
WhatIsMyIPAddress.com: This website shows you your IP address, location, ISP, proxy status, and other details.
IPLeak.net: This website shows you your IP address, DNS servers, WebRTC leaks, and other details.
BrowserLeaks.com: This website shows you your browser fingerprint, including your IP address, user agent, cookies, headers, and other details.
When you visit these websites or services with IPFlood enabled, you should see different values for your IP address and other information than when you visit them with IPFlood disabled. This means that IPFlood is successfully spoofing your IP address and hiding your identity.
How to uninstall IPFlood?
If you want to uninstall IPFlood from your Firefox browser, you can follow these steps:
Open your Firefox browser and click on the menu button (three horizontal bars) on the top right corner.
Select Add-ons from the menu and then click on Extensions on the left side.
Find IPFlood in the list of extensions and click on the Remove button next to it.
Restart your Firefox browser to complete the uninstallation.
If you want to reinstall IPFlood later, you can download it again from the official website or from the Firefox Add-ons page.
IPFlood is a Firefox add-on that allows you to spoof your IP address by changing some HTTP headers. It does not actually change your IP address or connect to a proxy server, but it makes it look like you are using a proxy to any web servers or software that are trying to track you. This way, you can protect your online privacy and security, access geo-restricted or blocked websites or services, bypass firewalls or filters, avoid bandwidth throttling or speed reduction, and enhance your browsing experience. However, IPFlood also has some limitations that you should be aware of. It does not encrypt your data or traffic, prevent WebRTC leaks, or work with all websites or services. To overcome these limitations, you might need to use a VPN service or a Tor browser. We hope this article has given you a clear overview of what IPFlood is and how to use it with Firefox. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Thank you for reading! d282676c82