Every device that is connected to the Internet gets assigned a special code for identification, known as an IP (Internet Protocol) address. Its primary functions are identification and location addressing.
There are two different types of IP addresses – the IPv4 and IPv6. The first one was commonly used from the beginning of the Internet era. Due to the increasing accessibility of the Internet and the rising number of users, the IPv4 address space was exhausted.
This led to the development of a new version in 1995, known as IPv6. After rigorous testing and tweaking, it became commercially available in the 2000s. It offers a sufficient amount of addresses, much more than the previous version did. Nowadays, IPv4 and IPv6 are used simultaneously.
You can find your IP address easily by going online and searching “what’s my IP address?”. There are numerous websites that will show it to you and even more.
But what other information is there in your IP?
Don’t worry, there’s no personal information like your name, age, etc. You could, however, get an approximate location, which can be way off from the real deal, Internet Service Provider and postcode. This info may not be true, especially if the person you are looking up is using a VPN. It stands for Virtual Private Network and helps to reroute internet traffic through different locations, thus concealing their real IP address.
An IP address can be used to verify payments and protect from fraud. If you are ordering something expensive online and your delivery address is in one continent, but your IP’s from another, then your transaction may be denied.
A website can block certain IP addresses from viewing their content. This is used to protect against spammers.
Your IP address is fairly easy to find out and contains some information about you. It’s nothing to worry about, however, as it is not at all revealing.