In this blog post we will examine another feature that differentiates VPN Services – the type of IP that you are assigned (dedicated or shared) and the advantages / disadvantages of each option.
What does a 'Dedicated IP VPN Service' mean? This type of service will map to your VPN account a dedicated IP address, that is, an IP address that is reserved just for you and your activities.
Now, what is a 'Shared IP VPN Service'? Here you are sharing the same IP (or a small set of IPs) with all the other VPN users of the VPN server your are connected to. So all the activities of all users seems to come from the same IP.
The biggest advantage of having a Dedicated IP (as the name implies) is that the IP will be used just by you. And now you would say, what are the advantages of this ? :
There is no risk of your IP being banned/blocked/blacklisted by any Internet service as some times can happen with Shared IP services.
All the ports are open to the Dedicated IP that you have been assigned. There is no need for Remote Port Forwarding as in Shared IP environments. Because you have one IP for yourself, all the connections to all the ports will be open for that Dedicated IP, so you can run any service that you want in that IP (a web server, remote access to your computer etc …).
Further, it is interesting if you want to offer a service as if it was provided from a given country but you have your server somewhere else e.g. you have a server in the USA and want to offer some Internet service as if your server was in Spain. You just get a VPN Dedicated IP Spanish service, set it up in your server and that's all.
So, why I would like to use a Shared service then? Well, there are also answers to this question :
Generally with a Dedicated IP service you just get access to a given VPN server in a given country i.e. if you buy an American Dedicated VPN Service, then you can just connect to a given American VPN server that will provide you with your assigned Dedicated IP. On the other hand, with a Shared IP VPN service (in general) you have access to a wider set of VPN servers worldwide that you can use. So if there is an issue with a particular server you can just move to the next.
Further, and very importantly, you get much much more anonymity using a Shared IP VPN Service. As your activities are mixed with the activities of hundreds or thousands of other users, then of course you become much more anonymous. So if you are concerned about privacy and anonymity online, a Shared IP VPN Service is a better option.
So in short, you need to be clear about which are your needs and priorities for a VPN service and then you will be able to easily decide on either of these two options.
We hope this has been helpful.