You may be wondering, "what is my IP?" As in, "what is this number that is so important?"
An IP 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. They are necessary for the Internet to function properly, but also a potential security risk if you're not careful.
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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.
Because IP addresses are sold to ISPs, knowing your IP can make it easier to find out all sorts of information about you including your:
At PrivadoVPN, we buy IP addresses right from the ISPs. Each one that you get leads 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 IP.
You also can feel safe knowing that your real IP address won't be attached to cookies and other website tracking software that can record information about you to sell to marketers.Get PrivadoVPN
"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 receive the data it requested, like the website you want to look at or the movie you're trying to watch.
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 with a VPN is crucial to keeping your personal information safe and secure.
It's very easy to hide your location online. 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 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. It's like sending a personal assistant out on errands for you. Nobody sees you buying clothes or banking, they only see the assistant.
This is especially helpful when it comes to things like certain 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: 192.168.1.1. 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 services 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 activity to be seen. Even a few seconds of vulnerability can reveal banking logins, your social security number, or other important activity.
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.
Don't risk your private data on insecure connections. Always use a VPN when you're surfing the Internet.
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