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.

IP Address Search

How To Trace an IP Address: Myth Versus Reality

Thanks to popular media, many people expect much more from an IP address than is practically available. I’ll separate myth from fact.

Can I get someone's name and address from their IP address?

Can I Get Someone’s Name and Address from Their IP Address?

While getting someone’s name and address from their IP address is technically possible, it’s also typically difficult and requires law enforcement.

Searching an IP address

When I Visit a Web Site, Can the Server Identify Me?

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.

Conceptual DHCP

Why Can’t I Connect with a 169.254 IP Address?

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.

DomainTools.com results

Finding the Owner of an IP Address

While you cannot find the specific owner of an IP address, I’ll look at a few tools to see what IP-related information you can get.

Does visiting a search-engine cached page prevent the original site from noting my visit?

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.

Stop!

I’ve been blocked because my IP address is on a blacklist. What do I do?

Finding out that you are on a blacklist can be a nightmare. So how do you get off of it?

Global Internet

What Can People Tell from My IP Address?

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.