It’s the question most frequently asked on Google, but the answer is pretty easy to find.
More people ask “what is my IP address” than “how to lose weight”, “what time is it” and “how to tie a tie”.
According to whatismyipaddress.com, your IP address is vitally important to your online lifestyle.
Without an IP address, you wouldn’t be able to get the weather, check the latest news and sports headlines, or look at videos online.
All devices connected to the internet have an IP address, including your mobile phone and smart TV.
Why is it so important?
It’s essential because websites like CoventryLive, the BBC and the Mirror wouldn’t know where to send the information you asked for.
IP stands for Internet Protocol and the “address” part refers to a unique number that gets linked to all online activity you do, a bit like a return address on a letter you’d send out.
How is an IP address created?
Since they are the ones giving you access to the internet, it’s their role to assign an IP address to your computer.
But unlike your home address, your IP address can change, such as when you turn your modem or router on and off, take your computer abroad, or use public wi-fi.
Can I hide my IP address?
Yes. Reasons you might want to do so include hiding your location, preventing web tracking, avoiding a digital footprint, or bypassing content filters, bans or blacklisting.
According to whatismyipaddress.com, there are four main ways to do this:
When you go online your IP address will be one that’s on loan from the service you’re using.
There are many more advantages to using a personal VPN service over a proxy such as high speed bandwidth, usability, a secure connection, private access to blocked sites, and the ability to choose the country and city where you appear to be.
People use Tor to search and buy products and communicate with others with restricted Internet access, such as what exists in some foreign countries.
The Tor Browser is a free software program that you download onto your computer that conceals your IP address every time you go online anonymously.
This free process is layered with heavy-duty encryption, which means your data is layered with security and privacy protection.
A proxy server can be use to re-route your browser around content filters.
There are risks involved in masking your IP address with a proxy – many will slow down your internet connection, some are run on compromised machines, and may not be legal in some countries.
An IP address doesn’t travel with you, so if you simply go to a coffee shop, bookstore or hotel lobby and tap into their wi-fi, you will temporarily hide your usual IP address because you’ll be using their network’s IP address for as long as you’re online.
How to find your IP address
Easy. Just click this link.