What's My IP Address?

IP Address – is the abbreviation for Internet Protocol Address, which identifies the specific interface of the network in numerical representation.

IP numbers are quite big and long, so generally, they are represented in Decimal form (IPv4) or in hexadecimal form (IPv6), which makes them easier to read. For example, addresses in IPv4 are 32-bits long, which means that it allows the maximum  232 = 4,294,967,296 unique addresses. In case of the IPv6 form, they are 64-bits long which allows to get 2,128 unique addresses.

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IPv4 and IPv6 Versions

IT is a crazy thing, where every process should be done in the fastest way, in order to be comfortable for every user. Nowadays, we are using laptops, mobile phones, personal computers, and other devices and of course, what we do is we immediately turn on the Wi-Fi there. And every time we do that, IP is right there, working for us.

The Internet Protocol (IP) describes different agreements and requirements, which are essential for transmitting any data packets across networks. The standard of IP is governed by RFC 791 and is always used in coexistence with a higher-level protocol like TCP.

Nowadays, there are two versions of IP:

  • IPv4 – was created many years ago and is still used for corporate networks or the internet itself. The problem is that the amount of devices that connect to the internet – increases every day, so 4,294,967,296 IP addresses are not enough.
  • IPv6 – as IPv4 unique addresses were not enough for devices, the IETF ( Internet Engineering Task Force) developed IPv6 in 1998, which was 64-bits long, This upgrade increased the amount of available and unique addresses to 2128.

IP addresses are generally divided into four parts and are used to identify the network and the host to the network.

For example, the 32-bit IP number is 168.212.226.204, which is the representation of 10101000.11010100.11100010.11001100.

There are two parts in IPv4 addresses. First numbers specify the network, and the other numbers determine the hosts of the network itself.

Connection Details

In order to do any kind of thing on the internet, computer software should always follow some built-in networking standards, which are called Protocols. IP is one of these protocols, which is responsible for delivering, routing and addressing online requests.

Every time, we decide to Email someone, or chat or want to go online shopping, our request should go to the right destination to process the correct information, which will return directly back to us.

It does not matter, whether a person requests any information from Home internet, a company's network or from any café or entertainment place.

Types of IP Addresses

·       Home IP Address

While working on a home computer which is connected to Wi-Fi, the IP address is always assigned by the Internet Provider companies. All internet activity goes directly through them, which means that they route the information back to your computer, using your IP.

The IP address of the Home computer is not always the same. It can change depending on some circumstances – like turning off and on the router or modem. Sometimes IP address can be changed by the employee from your service provider in case of need. 

·       IP addresses while traveling

In case of going on a vacation, the IP address does not stay in your computer, as you will be using another network, which of course will mean another IP Address. In conclusion, IP address can change several times even in 5 minutes, and they depend only on the internet you connect to.

How to check IP Address on the device

There are several ways of checking the IP Address on your device. For example, while being connected on a home address, you can call your internet provider, and they will teach you where to find it.

Hiding your IP Address

There are lots of people, who prefer to protect their IP Addresses. In most cases, it is done to hide geographical location, avoid blacklisting or bans, prevent Web tracking and so on.

There are four ways that you can use to hide your IP Address:

  • Use a Proxy Server – is a way of masking IP address by re-routing Internet browsers like Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). Using Proxy Server always involves some risks like slowing down the internet connection and in some countries, using this service is even illegal.
  • Use a free or public Wi-Fi
  • Use Tor – Tor is a Browser, which allows its user to go online anonymously. This browser is often used in countries with restricted Internet access.
  • Use a VPN Service – this is the best way for hiding the IP Address, by borrowing one from their services.

The disadvantage of hiding IP addresses is that some people use these services to protect from the government or the police. There have been lots of cases when the systems like Pentagon or similar objects were hacked, and it was impossible to find crime fugitives as their IP Addresses were hidden.

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