Like most websites, the moment you connect to Instagram it takes a note of your IP address. Whatever you do online, generally it’s this address which is tracked first. The reason is because it’s as close as you can get to a unique digital identifier online and the majority of large websites track it’s use extremely carefully.
Banning an IP Address
Each time any device connects to the internet, a IP address is assigned. It doesn’t matter if it’s a computer, laptop, mobile phone or an internet enabled smart fridge – everything must have one of these network addresses. Each IP address is unique and can be tracked back to the location it’s being used from. If you want to log or track what’s someone is doing online then the IP address is by far the most important piece of information.
Which is why so many sites will use IP addresses to restrict access to their sites. It’s by far the easiest option and although it’s not a foolproof option in most cases banning an IP address is a very effective method for deterring unwelcome guests and behavior. What’s more it can be controlled and focused to a very specific level blocking individuals while leaving everyone else unaffected.
For example this might be a common situation where an IP address is banned –
- User accesses website.
- Website records IP address of user and logs next to their account.
- User attempts to buy something with stolen credit card.
- User account is deleted
- IP address associated with that account is banned.
You could stop at deleting the account but then it would be trivial task to simply create a new one and try again. Blocking the IP address means that any connection to the site is refused from that address irrespective of the account being used. If an IP address you’re connecting from is banned you’ll typically not be able to access the site at all. Most large sites will block IP addresses but some are particularly aggressive with Instagram banning accounts and IP addresses by the the thousands.
Avoiding/Circumventing an Instagram IP Ban
Of course, this is an extreme example and we can hardly blame the website for banning cyber criminals. However IP Bans are used by all sorts of platforms in much more trivial situations. On social media platforms, many people will be banned by this method for being over promotional, posting links, running multiple accounts – just basically marketing to an audience.
It’s actually surprisingly easy to get banned especially by some social media platforms like Instagram. You might be running a few Instagram accounts to promote your business and make money online. If you do this through the same IP address then you’re likely to get blocked or filtered and even banned. Any sort of behaviour which might be perfectly reasonable could be classified as against their Terms of Service and could be trigger a ban too.
Also using a banned IP address can have a negative effect on the account too whether it’s related to you or not. There are many stories of people losing accounts with huge followings right across the social networks for the exact same reason. Of course, if you use a single account and only post ordinary stuff to any of these platforms you should be fine. However if you stray onto the promotional side even slightly then the risk of banning grows much higher.
Which is why many people go to great lengths to take control of their IP addresses to ensure that they avoid these bans. Indeed if you’re using any sort of promotional technique on any social media platform it’s worth taking action too.
You Can’t Change Your IP Address Easily but you Can Hide it !
It’s important to remember that unless you have control of an ISP or a large networking company, then changing your IP address is not usually an option. Most home IP addresses are relatively ‘sticky’ and will stay the same for months on end. You are assigned your internet IP address automatically, there’s no way of changing it yourself without the cooperation of the ISP.
What you can do is use something called a proxy server which will act as an intermediary between you and the website that you’re visiting. The proxy sits and forwards all requests to and from the website, you don;t have a direct connection and so your IP address and identity is hidden. The website instead sees the address of the proxy server instead which is why so many people use them to watch blocked TV sites online.
How to Unblock my IP address from Instagram?
Even if you’re real IP address is banned, this won’t stop you using the website as it only sees the proxy address,. What’s more these proxies can be configured with lots of different IP address from all over the world, which can be rotated automatically. If you’re doing a lot of work online and do need multiple accounts/IP addresses then there are specialist firms like this one – RotatingProxies who can provide you with a single proxy address which you can configure to switch addresses when needed. These can allow you to control and operate multiple accounts without problem, just switching IP addresses as required.
There’s little point actually trying to get your real IP address unblocked unless you have a 100% genuine grievance. In all other instances it’s only going to raise the profile of your account and make it monitored even more.