Remember that big announcement a few years back about IPv6? If you don’t, don’t worry. Most people don’t. Somehow, the conversion from IPv4 to IPv6 has gone on out of the limelight for a few years now. Let’s look back at IPv6 and how it’s progressed.
What is IPv6? Basically, it increases the amount of addresses available for use. Every computer, mobile phone, and tablet connects to the internet with an address. That website you’re viewing, it has an address too. For information to pass from a webserver to your computer you have to have IP addresses.
IPv6 was meant to solve the ever growing need for more addresses. And many companies, like HideMyAss are jumping in to aid the spread of this precious internet technology. With the added benefit of internet privacy and secure of course (more about that later). More people are using more devices every day. IPv4, which is the version before IPv6, was set up to allow a little over 4 billion addresses. With the ever growing number of devices being used, we’re starting to run out. IPv6 exponentially increases the available address to use. Where IPv4 allowed 2^32 address, IPv6 allows 2^132. Needless to say, we won’t be running out of IPv6 addresses anytime soon.
The requirements for migration requires little to no changes on the normal user. This is pretty much why most users haven’t had to be concerned with this and why it’s gotten little to no attention in the past few years. However, IPv6 has required changes on networks across the board. For one, DNS servers, servers that help translate IP addresses to user friendly addresses such as www.Google.com , have to support both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to be IPv6 friendly . There are some sites that only have IPv6 addresses. However, it’s not that many.
For the most part, ISPs (the company that supplies your internet services) have a lot of the work. They are the ones who have to support the use of IPv6. IPv4 is still in being used. However, as IPv6 gets used more, IPv4 will start to decline.
IPv6 saw a big push in 2012. Then, Google reported that 0.38% of users that used Google were using IPv6. Since then, Google has reported about 8% this year. At first, this may not seem like much. However, it’s been doubling every year. If the trend continues, we’ll be around 50% near 2017 and 100% around 2018.
IPv4 isn’t just a good idea that everyone is trying to use. It’s a requirement that we must eventually adapt to if we want all of our devices to be able to access the internet. Much like the postal service, if you want to send something somewhere you have to have addresses of where data is going and where it’s coming from. IPv6 allows for more addresses than IPv4. We simply will not have enough addresses if we do not fully implement IPv6.
In conclusion, IPv6 is here to stay. It’s not a question of whether we want to adapt to it. We have to. The only question is how fast we are able to do it and its progress. Its progress has been steady and looks to be on track. Even VPN companies like HideMyAss are starting to join in, and according to rumors they are planning a support for the new IP protocol. So those who want to be ahead of the times, we suggest you grab a HideMyAss Discount Coupon Code and register to their world famous VPN service. Support is really expected, any time soon!
IPv6 together with VPN is the new standard.
Richie, “Richard Brantley”.