There are only a couple of reliable VPN providers that offer a dedicated (or static) IP address:
- Ivacy (Singapore): A reliable provider that offers fixed IPs in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Malta and the United States. The price is the same as a regular VPN account (currently $3.33 per month).
- VPNArea (Bulgaria): This provider has been offering dedicated IPs since 2013. They offer dedicated IPs in various countries (USA, UK, NL, AU), with the cheapest one being $15 for 1 year in USA. Dedicated IPs are available for 6 and 12 month accounts only.
A VPN with a dedicated or static IP address is useful when playing online game or logging into certain services (such as banks, Paypal or e-mail provider). Many of these services will simply reject your attempt to connect if you are on a dynamic VPN service. For example, if you access Gmail services using a shared VPN IP, Google may think your email inbox was hacked. If you have a dedicated VPN IP address, Google won’t flag the account or require two-factor authentication.
So, a shared IP address is used by multiple users on a network, while a dedicated static IP belongs to one unique user. Most VPN users are content using an IP address shared by hundreds of users simultaneously, as it allows to keep their privacy when browsing the web. However, a shared IP can easily turn up in a blacklist as there’s no way for a user to know what other users on the network are up to.
- Difficult to trace an individual over a public network (because the IP address keeps on changing)
- Most ISPs offer a massive range of shared IPs but have limited dedicated IPs
- NAT firewall is automatically implemented on connections made on shared IPs
- You start off with a “clean” online reputation
- Useful when it comes to privately accessing personal websites or servers
- Frees you from the concern of what the internet users are doing on the network