What is My IP Address Location?

  • Your public IP address

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What is an IP Address?

We're sure you've heard the term IP address often in your life and might've asked yourself as well "what is my IP address", "how to know my IP address", "what my IP address means to me" or "whats my IP address reveals about me".

Basically, an internet protocol (IP) address is nothing but a unique numerical representation of the devices we use to connect to the worldwide Internet. No devices can "talk" to others without an IP address. To some extent, an IP address indicates the location of a device on the Internet and defines it.

When you enter a website name in a browser, your device starts to search the IP address of the site instead as the website name cannot be recognized. Once the Internet finds out the IP address of the website, the content of that site will be returned to you and finally displayed in your search results. In this way, we'll be able to communicate with the website. In one word, IP address is the language that we use to talk to the website on the Internet.

IPv4 vs. IPv6 Addresses

IP addresses generally fall under two categories - IPv4 and IPv6. Both IPv4 and IPv6 consist of binary numbers while they perform in different numeric lengths and forms.

An IPv4 address typically means your IP address consists of 4 different numbers separated by three dots. The address of your localhost, which is 127.0.0.1, can be an example of this. In contrary, IPv6 addresses use 6 different numbers in the same way.

The main difference between IPv4 and IPv6 is the number of possible addresses. IPv4 only allows for about 4 billion, because it uses just 32 bits. IPv6 uses 128 bits, resulting in 3.4×1038 possible addresses. Thus, IPv6 allows more people to connect over a network. However, they're still not employed and we're using IPv4 addresses for our day to day web endeavors. Up to now, IPv4 is more used than IPv6.

The leading differences between public IP address and private IP address are summarized into the following table.

ItemIPv4IPv6
IP Address Size
32 bits128 bits
Addressing Method
Numeric addressingAlphanumeric addressing
Binary Bits Separation
A dotA colon
Header Field Count
128
Broadcast Supporting
SupportingNot supporting
Checksum
Has checksumDoesn't have checksum

VLSM (Virtual Length

Subnet Mask) Supporting

SupportingNot supporting
IP to Mac Resolution

Broadcast ARP (Address

Resolution Protocol)

NDP (Neighbour

Discovery Protocol)

Do you ever have such a question that "Which form does my IP address use, IPv4 or IPv6"? Well, there's no need to consider that because it's just what's happening behind your screen and you fail to take part in deciding it.

Public vs. Private IP Addresses

Both public IP address and private IP address are able to uniquely indicate devices on the Internet. Provided by Internet Service Provider (ISP), a public IP address is an IP address that is used to access the Internet.

Internal addresses are not routed on the Internet and no traffic cannot be sent to them from the Internet, they're only supposed to work within the local network or private network.

For example, a private IP address usually looks like 192.168.11.50 while a public IP address like 17.5.7.8.

The leading differences between public IP address and private IP address are summarized into the following table.

Item
Private IP AddressPublic IP Address
Scope
Local to private networkGlobal Internet
Communication Domain
Within the networkOutside the network
Provider
Local Network OperatorInternet Service Provider
Cost
FreePaid
Locate
Located using ipconfig commandSearched on search engine
Range
0 to 255Rest

What Can My IP Address Reveal about Me?

Your IP address reveals all sensitive information about you.

The information that is easiest to be exposed by your IP address is your geological location, including country, city, state and zip code. Whenever your geological location changes, so will your IP address. Whenever your IP address is known, so will your geological location be. No matter where you go, as you browse the Internet, all your sensitive information will be exposed as the IP address is always with you.

It's equivalently easy to check your ISP based on your IP address because your IP address is assigned by your ISP. Therefore, your IP address can be used to track your ISP account so that the following personal information can be known:

Name / Address / Telephone Number / Credit Card Number / Credit Record / Browsing History

And More!

Even if your ISP account fails to be hacked with the above information untracked, your privacy is still in great danger because your ISP isn’t reliable as well. Since your IP address is in the hand of your ISP, they are able to sell your personal information to advertisers for profits without any of your knowledge.

Sometimes, ISP are forced to expose your personal information. For example, in Australia and Great Britain, ISP is required to provide users' online data to government without authorization.

Although you can use secure browsing or HTTPS when surfing the web, your ISP are still able to monitor and track all your activities on the Internet just because your IP address is known by them.

More of your personal information will be accessible once your IP address is known linked with Cookies, tracking software, etc. so that which websites you like browsing, who you talk with on the Internet and what online services you’ve used will be leaked. You’re more likely to be tracked based on the information.

How do I Hide My IP Address and Location?

In fact, there are a number of ways you can hide your IP address from the public. However, using a VPN service is by far the best option.

If you just want peace of mind knowing your IP address is hidden and not exploitable by malicious individuals, simply connecting to the internet through a VPN server. You will, then, be able to use the virtual IP address of the VPN service, not your real public IP address.

Overall, using a VPN has the following benefits:
-A VPN masks your actual location with a different IP address
-A VPN allows you to choose your IP address location and use online services that are geologically restricted
-A VPN encrypts the data you send and receive, dramatically increasing your privacy and security
-A logless VPN does not record your browsing history

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