James asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 2 months ago

What is an IP Address?

What is an IP address, and why the **** is it public? The ads everywhere saying you need to hide your IP Address, make it pretty clear that its public. What brain dead **** thought it was a good idea to do that?

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  • 1 month ago

    "What is my ip" search in google or yahoo.

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  • 1 month ago

    a name tag that the government can use to track you.

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  • 2 months ago

    Its a bit like having a telephone number for your computer. You need to tell your computer where your printer is for example , that will also have its own ip address. If you want to connect two computers you will need to identify which two computers out of all the computers in the world connected too the internet. This is done by having a unique ip address for each piece of equipment. If you want to use a public wifi connection then you run the risk of others on the same connection 

    being able to see your ip address and possibly hack in to your pc. There are companies that want to sell you an vnc software that will hide your real ip address and make the hacking more difficult.

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  • 2 months ago

    James, your home address tells the post office where to send mail because it contains a location they can find using local, municipal, or state roads that a postal truck can use.

    An IP address tells something called a router where to send computer information, but computers can't use asphalt or concrete roads - they must use electronic pathways to get data from point A to point B.  This electronic pathway, called the Internet, uses the IP address to find you just as the post office uses your street address to find you.

    Your address HAS to be public (in the computer security sense) or your computer would be unusable.  You would never have been able to post the message you did without a public IP address, because in order for the Yahoo servers to accept their message, they would have to exchange what is sometimes called a "handshake" where you log in to Y!A  and the Yahoo servers give you a session key that you need for further communication to browse or post on Y!A.

    Fortunately for you, most routers observe your privacy by not broadcasting something about your IP address.  Instead, they issue a proxy number when you try to connect and the rest of the world only knows your proxy number.  (This is sometimes called "Network Address Translation" if you were curious and wanted to look it up.)

    Your anger seems misplaced.  Trust me, I've worked in the computer industry over 40 years.  I know some of it seems scary, but you have the protection of your service provider's equipment and you have safety in numbers since there are literally billions of computer users on the planet.  Unless you do something really stupid, you will not attract anyone's attention.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because illumanti wants to know your location

  • 2 months ago

    The number to your toilet.

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  • 2 months ago

    It is an address for packets of data to get from the server to your computer.  It is public because if it weren't, NO packet of data could ever find you.  Most of those ads are simply trying to separate your money from you without providing an actual, useful service.

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  • Mike G
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    2 months ago

    If only there were some way to look up things on the Internet.....

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    An IP address is like your home address but for your network, your home address is also public, the identity of the person in said address maybe harder to find but the address itself is public. This is the same for an IP address, those numbers maybe public but finding out exactly who is using said address is much harder to find.

    The public IP Address isn't actually pointing to your exact location either, it's pointing to the network you're with, to identify the person they'd need to contact your network provider with a warrant to identify the owner of that address. Every website you visit can see the IP Address connected to it, even a gardening site I setup for a friend has the ability to see the IP Address

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  • 2 months ago

    It's generally not public unless you send someone an email. There was an issue in 2010 with Facebook revealing IP addresses but that was resolved. Usually only an admin of a site can see your IP address nowadays and if you don't like that use a proxy.

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