What is my IP address?
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View my IP address (IP Leak Test) and location data.
You can see the IP address you are currently using. There is also data associated with this address that can also be queried. The data refers to the IP address determined by a simple test. This is the IP address you are currently using and which websites and services you are using will now see from you.
My IP location
The location assigned to an IP address corresponds to the location of the registrars of the IP address. Of course, this IP location does not have to correspond directly to your location.
Since we have to retrieve the data ourselves from public data, the information can also be different in detail. However, the IP address itself will be 100% correct, it is just that not all publicly accessible registers have the correct information (this can change unnoticed when one company provides IP addresses and another obtains them).
Note on sharing the IP address and information
You can also share the link to this data with others by copying the link provided and making it available to others. This way, for example, an Internet service provider or other customer service staff can see what information and IP address you are using.
If your real IP address is displayed here, i.e. that of your Internet provider, then you can be “investigated”. This means that your Internet provider knows what you are currently doing + the websites or services you are currently using can find out who owns the Internet access you are currently using via this IP address + the date of use with your Internet provider. You can only avoid this by using a VPN service. Settings in the browser would not bring any change here.
Explanations of the IP check information
|IP||This is your IP address that websites and services that you use see from you.|
|PTR||This is the domain name that belongs to this IP address. Instead of the IP, calling this name would also point to this address.|
|Country||The country for which the IP address was registered|
|City||The city for which the IP address was registered|
|ZIP||The postcode of the address where the IP address was registered.|
|Lattitude||Longitude of the location where the IP address was registered.|
|Longitude||Latitude of the location where the IP address was registered.|
|ASN||Network number (Several IP addresses are also assigned collectively to a network (grouping) the AS number provides information about who has been assigned this IP address group.|
|ISP||The registrant or in whose name the IP address was registered|
|Proxy||Was the use of a proxy/VPN service detected? YES/NO|
|Mobile||Was the use with mobile internet access detected? YES/NO|
|IP type||Type of registration (purpose):
My IP – Explanations
If you use private Internet access, then the IP address is typically registered to your Internet provider, the address data will therefore have been given by him and usually corresponds to the location of the Internet router to which your Internet modem or router has connected. Therefore, this information does not refer to you directly but to the service points of your Internet provider. However, they know your exact location.
Some VPN services use IP addresses that were recently assigned to another service. Since IP addresses are scarce, every IP address that becomes free is immediately assigned to another purpose or user. Therefore, information about the IP address can also be outdated and will only be adjusted and correctly recognised again over time.
Websites, but all services on the Internet can recognise your IP address and thus also an approximate location to which it is assigned. In many cases, the IP address and the time of use can also be used to find out the owner of the internet access from the internet provider. You can only circumvent this by using a VPN service on your device so that you also use the IP address of this VPN service instead of your own.
Your internet provider logs at what time which subscriber uses an IP address. It is also legally obliged in most cases to store this data about the use of IP addresses. This also means that with an IP address and an exact time of use, you can also find the owner of the Internet access via the associated Internet provider.
That is why many use a VPN service to be protected from logging by the Internet provider or to use the Internet with an IP address that cannot be directly traced back to you.
The currently used IP address also contains data about the current location and other relevant data that tell more about you. In our IP test, you can see what others know about you.
The entire “VPN Leak Test” is also available on our site here.
Definition of the IP address
An IP address is a unique address that identifies a device on the Internet or in a local network. IP stands for “Internet Protocol”, the rules that govern the format of data sent over the Internet or a local network.
Essentially, IP addresses are the identifier that allows information to be sent between devices on a network: They contain location information and make devices accessible for communication. The internet needs a way to distinguish between different computers, routers and websites. IP addresses make this possible and are an essential part of how the internet works.
What is an IP?
An IP address is a sequence of numbers separated by dots. IP addresses consist of a series of four numbers – an example is 126.96.36.199. Each number in this set can be between 0 and 255. So the total IP address range is from 0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255.
IP addresses are not random. They are mathematically generated and assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a division of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is a non-profit organisation founded in the United States in 1998 to ensure the security of the internet and make it usable for everyone. Anyone who registers a domain on the internet goes to a registrar who pays a small fee to ICANN to register the domain.
How do IP addresses work?
If you want to understand why a particular device is not connecting as you expect, or if you want to troubleshoot your network, it is helpful to understand how IP addresses work.
The Internet Protocol works like any other language: it communicates according to certain guidelines to pass on information. All devices find, send and exchange information with other connected devices using this protocol. Because they speak the same language, any computer in any location can communicate with each other.
The use of IP addresses is usually done behind the scenes. The process works as follows:
- Your device connects to the Internet indirectly by first connecting to a network that is connected to the Internet and gives your device access to the Internet.
- If you’re at home, this network is likely to be your Internet Service Provider (ISP). At work, it will be your company network.
- Your IP address is assigned to your device by your ISP.
- Your Internet activity goes through the ISP and is routed back to you through your IP address. Since they provide you with access to the Internet, it is their job to assign an IP address to your machine.
- However, your IP address can change. For example, if you switch your modem or router on or off, the address may change. You can also contact your Internet service provider to change it for you.
- If you are on the move – for example, when travelling – and take your device with you, your IP address will not be taken with you. This is because you are accessing the internet through a different network (e.g. the Wi-Fi of a hotel, airport or café) and using a different (and temporary) IP address assigned to you by the ISP of the hotel, airport or café.
As the process suggests, there are different types of IP addresses, which we will examine below.
Types of IP addresses
There are different categories of IP addresses and within each category, there are different types.
Residential IP addresses
Every individual or business with an internet service plan has two types of IP addresses: their private IP addresses and their public IP addresses. The terms ‘public’ and ‘private’ refer to the location of the network – that is, a private IP address is used within a network, while a public IP address is used outside a network.
Private IP addresses (local)
Every device that connects to your internet network has a private IP address. This includes computers, smartphones and tablets, but also all Bluetooth-enabled devices such as speakers, printers or smart TVs. As the Internet of Things grows, the number of private IP addresses in your home is likely to increase. Your router needs a way to identify these devices individually, and many devices need to be able to recognise each other. Therefore, your router generates private IP addresses that are unique identifiers for each device to distinguish them on the network. Examples of internationally recognised private IP addresses (networks) are: 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x.
Public IP addresses
A public IP address is a primary address associated with your entire network. Each connected device has its IP address, but they are also included in the main IP address of your network. As described above, your public IP address is provided to your router by your ISP. ISPs usually have a large pool of IP addresses that they distribute to their customers. Your public IP address is the address by which all devices outside your internet network recognise your network.
Public IP addresses
Public IP addresses come in two forms – dynamic and static.
Dynamic IP addresses
Dynamic IP addresses change automatically and regularly. ISPs buy a large pool of IP addresses and automatically assign them to their customers. Periodically, they reassign them and return the older IP addresses to the pool to be used for other customers. The reason for this approach is that it saves the ISP money. Automating the regular changing of IP addresses means that they do not have to take special measures to restore a customer’s IP address if they move, for example. There are also security benefits, as a changing IP address makes it harder for criminals to hack into your network.
Static IP addresses
Unlike dynamic IP addresses, static addresses remain constant. Once the network has assigned an IP address, it stays the same. Most individuals and businesses do not need a static IP address, but for businesses that want to host their server, such an address is essential. This is because a static IP address ensures that websites and email addresses connected to it have a consistent IP address – this is important if you want other devices to be able to find it on the internet.
This leads to the next point – the two types of website IP addresses.
There are two types of website IP addresses
For website owners who do not host their server but use a web hosting package – which is the case for most websites – there are two types of website IP addresses. These are shared and dedicated.
Shared IP addresses
Websites using a shared hosting package from a web hosting provider are usually one of many websites hosted on the same server. This is usually the case for individual websites or SME websites where the volume of traffic is manageable and the number of pages etc. is limited. Websites hosted in this way share common IP addresses.
Dedicated IP addresses
Some web hosting plans offer the option to purchase one (or more) dedicated IP address(es). This can make it easier to get an SSL certificate and allows you to run your FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server. This makes it easier to share and transfer files with multiple people within an organisation and allows anonymous FTP sharing. A dedicated IP address also allows you to access your website by IP address only and not by domain name – useful if you want to build and test it before registering your domain.
How to protect and hide your IP address
Hiding your IP address is one way to protect your data and your online identity.
The two main ways to hide your IP address are to
- The use of a proxy server.
- The use of a virtual private network (VPN).
A proxy server is an intermediate server through which your data traffic is routed:
- The internet servers you visit only see the IP address of this proxy server and not your IP address.
- When these servers send information back to you, it goes to the proxy server, which then forwards it to you.
- One disadvantage of proxy servers is that some of the services can spy on you – so you have to trust them. Depending on which service you use, they can also display advertisements in your browser.
VPN offers a better solution:
- When you connect your computer – or your smartphone or tablet – to a VPN, the device acts as if it were on the same local network as the VPN.
- All your network traffic is sent over a secure connection to the VPN.
- Because your computer acts as if it is on the network, you can safely access local network resources even if you are in another country.
- You can also use the Internet as if you were present at the VPN’s location, which has advantages when using public Wi-Fi or accessing geo-blocked websites.
DNS servers used
DNS servers used
You can also find out the DNS servers you are using with another test
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Erstellt am: 18. May 2022