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What is an IP Address?

Learn what an Internet Protocol Address is and why it’s so important to keep your IP address private online using a VPN.

You may be wondering, "what is my IP?" As in, "what is this number that is so important?"

The Internet Protocol address is the way that your computer, phone, tablet, or any other device is identified on the Internet. Every IP address is attached to specific information including where it is located, what Internet service provider (ISP) is running it, how long it's been used, and more.

IP addresses are used for everything from making sure you get the website you want to see to determining where you are for geographic content restrictions. IP addresses are necessary for the Internet to function properly, but also a potential security risk if you’re not careful to keep yours private.

PrivadoVPN protects your private data by changing your IP address. Instead of connecting to other computers directly through your Internet service provider, telling them exactly who and where you are, you connect to one of our VPN servers first. From there, all other connections look like they’re coming from our computers’ IP, not your own connection. And since we are a no-log VPN, we keep no records of your Internet activity, so your data stays secure and private.

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What Can an IP Address Show?

See what your IP can show to others online with very little effort on their part.

IP addresses are attached to a whole host of potentially sensitive information about you. And in some cases, they can be seen by governments, corporations, and hackers with hardly any effort at all. Having your device addresses can contribute to making everything you do online public, undermining your privacy.

Because IP addresses are sold to public ISPs, knowing your IP can make it easier to find out all sorts of data about you including your:

  • Home address
  • Credit history
  • Phone number
  • Internet activity
  • Banking information
  • And a lot more!

At PrivadoVPN, we buy IP addresses right from the ISPs. All those VPN IP addresses lead back to us. And because we don’t keep logs of your private Internet activity, you don’t have to worry that any of the above information is connected to your addresses. Your IP remains hidden behind the VPN’s addresses.

You also can feel secure knowing that your real IP address won’t be attached to cookies and other public website tracking software that can record information about you to sell to marketers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

"What is my IP doing for me?" you might be asking yourself.

The way that the Internet works, every time you try to access a website or service, the first thing your computer does is try to find it. But, just like in real life, where it would be impossible to find somebody without their address, computers also need to know exactly where to find what you're looking for.

It does this with a series of numbers called an IP address. The IP of every device on the Internet is registered with The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). They are a nonprofit organization that keeps track of what every IP address is, where it is located, and what domain names are assigned to them. From ICANN, other servers are fed this information to keep everybody up to date on how to access online services.

Without an IP address, your device couldn't be located online, so it couldn't be sent the data it requested, like the website you want to look at or the movie you're trying to stream.

You might then wonder, “What is my VPN going to do to help?”

With a VPN, you can make your connection more private, hiding your public information behind secure addresses. Your IP is secure, masked by our IP addresses.

The easiest way to hide your IP address is to use a VPN to "mask" your IP. IP masking means hiding your true IP address by first connecting to another, VPN server. Once you're connected to a VPN server, all your data is routed through those IP addresses. Instead of directly asking for information, you ask the VPN to get the data for you. The VPN server then makes the requests using its IP address, and you get to remain anonymous. This is the best way to protect your privacy of your Internet connection.

Yes, it is trivially easy for people to find out at least your general location if they have your IP address. And with the extra information that an IP might contain, somebody could find your actual address, your passwords, even your social security number.

Masking your IP addresses with a VPN is crucial to keeping your personal information safe and secure.

It's very easy to hide your location online and defend your privacy. The simplest way to keep your location private is to connect to a virtual private network like a VPN.

When you connect to the VPN server, you have limited how many outside computers will know your true IP address to only one: that specific VPN server. From that point, you tell the VPN what you want, and the VPN collects the information on your behalf, passing it safely back to you through its IP addresses. It's like sending a personal assistant out on errands for you. Nobody sees you buying clothes or banking, they only see the assistant. Your privacy remains intact.

This is especially helpful when it comes to things like P2P file transfers, which directly connect two or more computers into a cluster that can easily see the IP address of every other device in the cluster.

When the Internet was first conceived, nobody could have guessed how popular it would be, or what an important part of our lives it would become.

IPv4 is the first deployed version of the Internet Protocol and uses a 32-bit address scheme that generally looks like this: It applies to both public and private connections. When this was created, scientists didn't think we would need more than the approximately 4 billion permutations that that sort of scheme allows, and it's lasted quite some time. In fact 94% of Internet traffic uses IPv4 to track the location of devices online. But we are rapidly approaching a point where more than 4 billion devices might access the Internet at once, and all of them need an IP.

IPv6 is a major improvement on IPv4 and more forward looking. It uses a 128-bit, alphanumeric scheme to address devices online. This method allows up to 340 undecillion addresses to be used at once.

"So, why isn't my IP IPv6 now?"

There are a couple of reasons. The first is that the Internet is huge and very important. Like an enormous ship, it can't turn on a dime, so even though IPv6 was invented in 1994, it will take a long time to implement it. Also, this is the fundamental code of the most powerful communication tool ever created: they have to be careful that there are no bugs or the results could be catastrophic.

In its current form, IPv6 also can't do a lot of what IPv4 can. In some cases, computer scientists are working on ways to make the new protocol handle the same things as the old one. In other cases, IPv6 actually accomplishes tasks in a superior way to IPv4, so we have to wait for those methods to become more mainstream.

That being said, IPv6 is coming. My IP, yours, everyone's will be using this protocol.

An IP leak is when your true IP address, with the associated private data, is visible to third parties. Many security tools are meant to prevent an IP leak, but may still allow your public activity to be seen. Even a few seconds of vulnerability can reveal banking logins, your social security number, or other important data.

A VPN can help prevent an IP leak from happening by making sure that all of your data is encrypted and travels through secure servers. With a VPN, you are protecting all of your private data end-to-end, making sure that a potential leak never has the chance to happen.

You should also make sure that your DNS server isn’t leaking by using our DNS leak test. If there are, you can switch to using secure DNS addresses through PrivadoVPN.

Don’t risk your private data on insecure connections. Always use a VPN when you’re surfing the Internet and keep your IP addresses safe.

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