The other day, chatting with a friend, you heard about theIP address and its usefulness in being able to trace it. Intrigued by what, you immediately rushed to the Internet to try to figure out what it was but without being able to get a spider out of the hole. Given the situation, I have therefore decided to clarify your ideas about it and to explain not only what this "elusive" IP address is but also how to track it down. So take a few minutes of free time all to yourself, get comfortable and start focusing on the info in this guide of mine on how to trace an IP address... you will see that in the end you will no longer even have a doubt!
Let's start by saying that the IP address is a unique numerical address essential to identify computers and all other devices connected to a network in local networks and on the Internet (eg. 192.168.xx, 2.232.xxx.xx etc.). IP addresses can be of type dynamic, that is, they change at each connection, or type static, or fixed. It is also essential to make a distinction between IP addresses external (or public), which allow you to identify devices on the Internet, and those interior (or private), which are instead assigned by modems / routers to identify the various devices within the home or office network.
As you will have the opportunity to guess yourself, tracing an IP address is essential to be able to correctly configure networks and firewalls as well as to identify who is on the other side of the screen. Yes well but ... how do you do it? To find out, keep reading my article on the subject. Find all the info you need right below. Enjoy the reading!
Track Down a Public IP Address
Let's start this guide by trying to figure out how to track down your public IP address. Contrary to what you are surely thinking ... it is a very simple operation and that can be carried out by anyone without any kind of difficulty. Read on to learn more.
Track Down Your IP Address
To be able to trace a public IP address all you have to do is open the web browser, connect to a special online service and take note of the information provided.
More precisely, you have to open the website IP-adress.com and view the data attached to the page displayed: in correspondence with the wording Your IP Address is: you will find your public IP address indicated next to the wording Your IP Address Location: find indicated the geographical position of the user while near the item ISP of your IP: you will find your Internet provider indicated. In the center of the page there is also a map indicating the location where the control unit to which the connection in use is located.
In addition to the one in question, dozens and dozens of similar services are available online. If what I have just indicated does not satisfy you, perhaps because you find it a bit too much, like saying, thin, you can contact What Is My IP Address. The functioning of the service is good or bad the same as what I have just indicated.
After connecting to the main page of the same, all you have to do is wait a few moments and you will be provided with all the relevant info: under the heading Your IPv4 Address IS: you will be shown your public IP address, while next to ISP: your provider is indicated. In correspondence with the items City:, Region: e Country: instead you will find the geographic details related to your IP with an attached geographic map.
Then clicking on the button Learn More About This IP located in the center you can view even more details about your IP, the company that provides the Internet connection and the geographical location of the user.
Please note: If when you connect to one of the two services above your browser asks you for permission to communicate your geographical position to the site, accept. Otherwise, it will not be possible to locate your connection correctly and view the related data on the map.
Tracing the IP Address of Others
If you want to track down a public IP address of another person, for example a nuisance who storms you with unwanted emails, you can use your online email client / service. How you do it? Nothing complicated: just extrapolate the sender's IP address by consulting theheader received messages. The header, in case you are not aware of it, is a report in which all the technical details of the emails that have been received are indicated.
To trace the IP of the sender of an email, you must then open the message and follow these instructions according to the client / Web mail you use to manage your "electronic correspondence". In all cases, the sender's IP address is the one you find next to the string Received: from of the report.
- It was used Outlook Express, select the voice Property from the menu Fillet and, in the window that opens, go to the card Details and click on the button Original message.
- If you use Apple Mail, select the reference email, select the item Vistafrom the menu bar, move the cursor to Message and choose the item Source format.
- It was used Mozilla Thunderbird, select the voice Source of the message from the menu View.
- It was used gmail, click on the button with the arrow located at the top right of the message box and select the item Show original give the menu check if you press.
- If you use Outlook.com, open the reference email and then click on the drop-down menu at the top right next to the button Reply then select the option View message source give the menu check if you press.
- If you use Yahoo Mail!, open the email of your interest, click on the menu Other. which is located at the top on the right and then on View full header.
Please note: For senders who use Web mail, the IP may be replaced by that of the mail service servers and therefore no longer corresponds to the real one. In such a case, the system in question could therefore prove ineffective.
Track Down a Local IP Address
Let's see now how to find a local IP address. This is an operation that can be performed without particular difficulties on all computers, smartphones and tablets. Think, it is also possible to trace the IP address of the modem / router that generates the connection to the Internet. You will find everything explained in great detail below.
You're interested in knowing your local IP address PC Windows? Then all you have to do is use the Command Prompt. Log in to menu Start, digita cmd in the search bar that is shown to you and press the button Submit keypad to access the Command Prompt.
In the window that will open at this point, type the command ipconfig and then press the button Submit of the PC keyboard. Once this is done, you are shown all the information about your system's network. The IP address of your computer is the one you find written next to the wording Address IPv4.
From the Mac
If you are using a Poppy, you can trace the IP address of your computer by going to the section Network di System Preferences. To do this, first click on the icon of System preference (the one depicting a wheel of gear) present sulla Dock bar and then click the icon Network in the window that opened on the desk.
Then select the connection in use (eg. Wi-Fi) from the left sidebar. Once this is done, you will find the "coordinates" of your Mac in the local network at the wording State: present on the right.
You are using a smartphone or tablet Android? In this case you can find the IP address assigned to your device on the local network by accessing the screen where all the applications are grouped, by pressing the Settings (the wheel-shaped one of gear) by selecting the tab Connection and then stop on the name of the network to which it is connected (eg. Salvatore Aranzulla Wi-Fi Network).
In the window that will open at this point, locate the item IP address. The set of digits that you find indicated under this heading is the IP address of your device.
You use a device iOS, iPhone or iPad that is, and you want to trace your IP address? Then all you have to do is access the settings related to the Internet connection in use. Then go to the home screen, press the icon of Settings (Quella a forma di gear), step on Wi-Fi and then press on "I" that you find next to the name of the network you are connected to (eg. Salvatore Aranzulla Wi-Fi Network).
In the new screen that will be shown to you at this point you will find the IP address of your device indicated in correspondence with the wording IP address.
From the Modem
The modem / router's IP address can also be found. To do this, follow the simple instructions below.
- If you are using Windows, you can find the IP address of your modem / router by typing the command ipconfig in Command Prompt and then identifying the item located next to Default gateway attached to the displayed window.
- If you are using a Mac, you can find the IP address of your modem / router by accessing the section Network di System preference, selecting the connection in use from the left sidebar, clicking on the button Go ahead ... located at the bottom right, by clicking on the tab TCP / IP and identify the item placed next to the wording router.
The procedure, as you can see for yourself, is quite simple. In any case, if you think you need more you can consult my tutorial on how to find the router IP address where, in fact, I have provided you with all the possible systems to be able to trace the IP address of the modem / router.
How to Make an IP Address Untraceable?
In the previous lines I explained to you how to track down an IP address but ... is this an operation that is always possible? The answer is no. An IP address can in fact be easily spoofed using a proxy such as Tor Browser, which allows you to surf the Internet anonymously. To find out how to use it and for more details, read my article on how to mask IP address in which I proceeded to talk to you in detail on the matter.
I also advise you to consult my article dedicated to programs to change IP in which I have proceeded to point out other useful software with similar functioning to the aforementioned TOR that can be used to mask your IP.