Your IP Address
Your IP address is very much 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.
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 or warrant 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 extension that claims to keep your browsing private actually does.
Additionally, your ISP logs everything you do and every site you visit on the Internet.
Well here, we’ll show you. Go to https://whatismyipaddress.com/. Wait a few seconds. You will soon see that it can tell a lot about you even -in most cases – the city and country you’re in and even your longitude and latitude from your IP address.
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/. Amazing and a bit scary too, eh?
Your IP address is essentially like a phone number. To get on the Web you have to have an IP address; your IP address is automatically assigned by your ISP. But just because you have an IP address doesn’t mean some hacker or criminal is following you around or lurking in the shadows.
And yes, you can hide your true IP address by using a VPN, however using a VPN will not prevent you from getting malware, ransomware, having your identity stolen, or even from being tracked. Because seriously, think about it: Data is money. Do you believe your VPN service is not keeping logs and is not tracking the websites you visit just because they say so? A grain of salt, I say!
There is a lot more to IP addresses than we’ve covered here, but what do you think we are, geek-heads and techno-jargonists? No way!