Your IP Address

By | February 3, 2015
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Your IP Address

Your IP address is like your phone number. It’s a unique number assigned to you when you’re connected to the Internet. Your IP address can be static – that is fixed and unchanging – or it can be dynamic – meaning it changes every time you connect to the internet or semi-static meaning it changes from time to time.

Both of us have semi-static IP addresses that change every five or six months; your mileage may vary 🙂

Your IP address is logged by every Web site you visit and can be used to identify you right down to your city and country — and with a court order your name and address and phone number.

However, unless there is some reason for the authorities to issue a court order to find out who you are, IP addresses simply remain on Web server logs along with the time and date when you accessed the site(s). Every web server captures your IP address – and no ad-blocker or do-not-track or other browser extension which claims to keep your browsing private actually does.

Additionally, your ISP logs everything you do and everywhere you go on the Internet.

Well here, we’ll show you. Go to http://whatismyipaddress.com/ and click on the IP Lookup button at the top. Wait a few seconds. You can see that it shows a lot about you even -in most cases – the city and country you’re in and even your longitude and lattitude.

There may be times when you’d like or need to know what your IP address is – or maybe you’re just curious. If you’re curious or need to know your IP address quickly, the fastest way to get your IP address is to go to www.google.com and type IP in the search box and press Enter. Immediately your IP address is displayed at the top.

If you want to find out more about yourself do an IP Lookup on your IP address. You can do that from http://whatismyipaddress.com/ or http://www.infosniper.net/ , Amazing and a bit scary too, eh?

You can run but you can’t hide.

Your IP address is logged on every Web site you visit, and so are the date and time you visited. Your IP address is on every email you send, including the date and time you sent it. Whatever you do and wherever you go, your IP address is unique and it identifies you whenever you do anything on the Internet.

All those browser toolbars that claim to hide your identity or prevent you from being tracked are all smoke and mirrors, they don’t work.

Even if you think you’re safe because some toolbar or the other obfuscated your real IP address, don’t gloat yet. Go to http://cloakfish.com/ and look. Keep in mind if you live in a small community and your ISP is one of the national ones like Comcast, AT&T, etc. It may show your location as the nearest server location, most likely in a big city nearest you – and even then you can be located and identified by your IP address. Your ISP knows and if your ISP knows anyone with the authority can know.

The only way you can really hide your IP address is by using a professional VPN service that does not log your IP address which is located in a country where individual privacy is still a right and is still protected. And even then, we suppose, you can still probably be tracked by someone .

4 thoughts on “Your IP Address

  1. melody pettit

    I was pleased to see that when I clicked on the links about IP addresses, my location was never right! My IP address was the same number but my location was never accurate. I feel a little better about that ! I live in a rural area in Canada so maybe I’m a little too “backwoods” for anyone to pinpoint me correctly?

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  2. Kicknbak

    It could not locate me correctly either. I do have one of your privacy recommendations installed and wonder if that’s the reason. It misses me by several hundred miles every time. Privacy Badger is the program, and I just watch it for the number of cookies it prevents, but it must have something to do with other things too.
    Roger

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  3. Sandy Euglow

    Your IP address article is super great. I found mine.
    When I turned on my computer this morning and my printer, the window in the printer said: “The IP is already in use.” And it’s not my IP address. What should I do?

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    1. infoave Post author

      We were discussing a different kind of IP address in this article. There are local IP addresses for devices like Roku, smart thermostats, printers, etc. Those are local and apply to your home network only. We were discussing the IP address that you use to connect to the internet… the IP address that is like a phone number / address for your computer on the Internet.

      If your printer is working, you can ignore the message. If it is not, you may need to to a new set up using the printer manufacturer’s instructions.

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