Articles in Category: IP Address Tracing and Privacy
Articles relating to how much information is exposed by an IP address, and conversely how much information can be retrieved from an IP address and under what conditions.
If someone threatens you because they know your IP address, it’s an empty threat.
While you can’t find the specific owner of an IP address, there are a few tools to see what IP-related information you can get.
People can tell very little from your IP address. For example, they cannot tell who or where you are. How much they can tell varies a great deal.
When your computer can’t get an IP address any other way, it assigns itself a 169.254 IP address. It’s a sure sign of a problem.
Thanks to popular media, many people expect much more from an IP address than is practically available. I’ll separate myth from fact.
While getting someone’s name and address from their IP address is technically possible, it’s also typically difficult and requires law enforcement.
Minimally, web servers get your IP address when you visit. Whether or not that or other information can actually be used to identify you, specifically, depends on a lot of things.
Even a cached version of a website could send information about you back to the original server. The thing is that we just don’t (and can’t) know.
Finding out that you are on a blacklist can be a nightmare. So how do you get off of it?
If it’s certain a neighbor is using your IP address without permission, you need to take steps. But first you need to make sure.
I frequently hear from people who are quite insistent that they be able to trace an IP address to the person behind it. It’s just not that simple.