MAC Address or Media Access Control Address is the physical address of a computer over a network, which is assigned by the manufacturer of the NIC. But that doesn’t mean you can’t change it. Firstly lets see how to find out the MAC address of your system.
Change your MAC address
- Start -> Run (or press Windows key + R)
- Type in cmd and then click on OK to open the command prompt.
- Type ipconfig/all and press Enter.
- The address displayed under Physical Address is your MAC Address. (If you are using Bluetooth or Virtual Boxes, then there the configuration of each of the adapters will be displayed. In that case search for your Ethernet adapter under which you will be able to find your physical or MAC address.)
Now how do you change it and why should you change it? Changing one’s MAC address hides one’s identity over a network. In certain cases, where one wants to access a network that limits accessibility on the basis of MAC address, MAC spoofing (as the procedure is commonly known) proves to be very helpful.
So how do you change your MAC address?
Changing the MAC address manually is complex and with up-gradation of the OS, it’s becoming even more complex. But we always have softwares to do stuff for us.
- Initially, the software will list all the network adapters on your system.
- Select the adapter whose MAC address you want to change.
- Enter the MAC address in the field and click on Change Now button. For a random address, click the Random MAC address button.
- So restore the MAC address of any adapter, select the adapter and click Restore Original button.
To download the software click here.