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What is your device's ip address ?

An IP address (short for Internet Protocol address), is used to identify computers on the Internet.

The word protocol could be seen as rules determining the format and transmission of data between computers, host servers and websites; whereas address could be seen as the logical location of your computer when it's connected to the Internet.

Ok, think of an IP address as a common digital language which computers uses to communicate or share information

How Google uses your IP address

An IP address looks like this 172.16.254.1 or 2001:db8:0:1234:0:567:8:1.

Actually, your IP address with which you use to browse the internet is provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), Known as the Public IP address. The IP address provided by your ISP changes each time you log off and revisit the internet.

This brings us with the understanding that, there is an original IP Address (private IP address ) which is only known by your Internet Service Provider; while your ISP make up with digits with which your device uses to communicate with other devices, networks and computers as an alternative IP address.

Your IP address reveals your logical location!

Hope you got that word "logical"? it simply entails that your IP Address cannot reveal your precise location, say your town, community or compound. Rather, it reveals your country and might also reveal your state or a state in your country that is closer or far from your own state. While some IP address look up sites will show your location presumed to be in another country. Lol.!

What Google and other website do with your IP Address

Since your IP address is the basics for internet communication. Google uses your IP address to improve the relevancy of search results by guessing where you are and yield local search results.

For example, let’s say, you search the term “how to prepare a local food known in my country”, Google guesses your location then tries to produce websites from your country that contains the information you’re looking for.

Google could use your IP address to give you the weather forecast for the town you're in when you search for weather.

Websites generally do not obtain any personal information through your IP Address… what your IP Address will reveal to websites could be:

  • The browser type (e.g. opera mini )
  • Your Internet Service Provider

I think that’s all. What websites will want is your yummy browser history, cookies and so on; unfortunately, your IP Address won’t reveal just that!

Knowing your Public IP address (e.g. 172.16.254.1)

To know your public IP Address, I recommend two ways:

One is to search what is my IP on Google Search, you'll see the IP address of the computer or device where you did the search.

Another way is to visit the site whoismyisp.org which will automatically display your Internet Service Provider, approximate internet location with your public IP address.

Conclusion

So the question is, why should I worry about my IP Address? Well, obviously nothing to worry about, but the article was written to clear the doubts of some who are skeptical about their IP address with their online activity.

Anyways, the information I believe is important and very helpful…

i'm a passionate webdeveloper; a developer for the web (winks!).i am also a blogger. my interests are more of the internet or web, mobile and computer tech matters. It is important to help people when they need help importantly, and i love doing just that everywhere, and especially right here!

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