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Your IP Address, which is short for Internet Protocol Address, is a unique set of numbers used by a device to identify itself and communicate with other devices on the same network. Examples of such devices include your computer, smartphone, tablet, gaming console and laptop. When any of these devices connects to a local network or to the internet (which is also a network but only much larger), they do so using an IP address.
A real world example for this is your postal address or telephone number. In order for two people to communicate with one another using a telephone, they need each other's telephone numbers. Similarly, for two devices to communicate with each other over a computer or Internet Protocol network, they need each other's IP addresses.
What is IPv4 Address?
IPv4, which is short for Internet Protocol version 4, is a standard that was first defined in 1981. IPv4 uses a 32-bit IP address and consists of four groups of numbers (ranging from 0 to 255) that are separated by three dots. A random example of an IP address would be, 18.104.22.168.
IPv4 can supply 232 = 4,294,967,296 addresses. That is more than four billion IP addresses. But IPv4 has remained unchanged since 1981 and the number of internet users has increased by a large amount since then. This meant that the world was rapidly running out of IP addresses and needed a new version of the Internet Protocol. This led to the development of IPv6, which offered a higher number of IP addresses than IPv4.
What is IPv6 Address?
IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 1994 to create more IP addresses. IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, which enables it to offer around 340 trillion trillion trillion IP addresses. IPv6 is also vastly different compared to IPv4. IPv6 addresses contain eight sets of four hexadecimal digits each with a comma separating one set from another. A random example of IPv6 address would be, 2606:4700:30::681b:b4ae.
IPv6 has a number of advantages when compared to IPv4. Some of these include easier administration, faster routing, better connectivity and tighter security. Although it is a better system than IPv4, IPv6 has not been able to match IPv4's popularity.
What Public Information does My IP Address reveals?
The information carried by your IP address is of public nature. That is to say, no private information about you is stored or displayed to the world. When you search an IP address on an IP look-up website, you are displayed information related to the location of the IP. This includes the city, area code and ZIP code of the IP address. Also included is the name of the ISP (Internet Service Provider) that assigned the IP and the longitude and latitude of the country where the IP is from.
No private information, like the home or street address of the person using that particular IP address, is stored or displayed.
Can I Hide My IP Address
You may want to hide your IP address for any number of reasons. These include hiding your actual geographical location, preventing a digital footprint, avoiding web tracking or as a workaround to bypass bans, blacklisting or content filters. There are four ways to hide your IP address.
IP Lookup & IP Location Details
The Internet Protocol database keeps changing from time to time. Keeping track of each and every change in real-time is not practical. As such, the IP lookup and IP location details provided on this website may not be 100% accurate all the time. Faqip.com uses third party services to provide you with the best possible IP address information.
Faqip.com is a '100% Free' public IP tools service where users can find the IPv4 and IPv6 addresses of their internet connection. Users can also find IP location details of other IP addresses. These IP tools are completely free to use.
More about your IP address (Internet Protocol address). Connecting to the Internet, either via your internet service provider (T-mobile, Mediacom, Optimum, etc.) you are assigned an IP address. This address identifies your device from the other computers on the Internet. You can get IP address two ways: static or dynamic. Static means address never changes, dynamic means each time you connect online you are assigned a new address for that session. If you use a home router to connect to the Internet, the IP shown from these commands will not be your public IP address but internal IP address. Internal IP address usually start with a 192.168… (home routers) or 10.10… (servers).
A dynamic IP address is suitable if you have several computers on an internal network or you need to connect through one-way Virtual Private Network.
A Static IP address is needed if you: run your own website (FTP) or email server or use certain security applications, like centralised cameras and polling software.
How to check your current network environment on Windows?
If you’d like to know your MAC address (physical hardware address of a your network card), at the command prompt you can enter the following command:
How to check your current network environment on Mac OS?
Since mid 2000s a new version of IP address format has been deployed – IPv6. Old version IPv4 defines an IP address as a 32-bit number (is still in use today). However, because of the growth of the Internet and the predicted depletion of available addresses, a new 128 bits version was developed.
Tracert is a command-line tool that comes with Windows operating system. This tool helps tracing the path, which is undertaken by an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packet to reach its destination. With the help of this command-line tool, the user can troubleshoot TCP/IP issues in Windows by knowing where the tracert stops responding or what the result of tracert is.
How Tracert works?
In order to determine the path of the packet sent to its destination and to determine the problems when the packet does not reach to the destination, tracert uses TTL values. TTL stands for Time To Live. When the packet is sent, tracert sets the TTL value to 1, which is incremented by 1 on every subsequent transmission. TTL value keeps increasing until the packet reaches to the destination or maximum TTL value is reached. In case, the packet does not reach its destination and the maximum TTL is reached, the “Time Exceeded” message is displayed. If there is no problem in the network and the packet is delivered successfully then you will not see any message except the routing details. And, in case of any error in the network, tracert will display the related error message.
How to use Tracert to TroubleShoot TCP/IP Issues in Windows:
Perform the below steps to use tracert to troubleshoot TCP/IP issues in Windows:
You will see a list of the parameters that can be used with the tracert command for in-depth diagnosis. Listed below are those parameters and information about them:
How to use tracert with parameters?
You can use tracert with parameters by typing the parameter between tracert and the destination, as shown below:
C:\Windows\System32> tracert –d –h 10 www.google.com
In the above command,
Every email that you receive in your Inbox has a lot of information in its header that the email provider hides from you because it is not considered essential for every user. However, that information can be used to trace an email sender. In this tutorial, we will show you how to trace an email sender using the email header.
Getting the email header
Depending upon the email service you are using, the process of accessing the email header may vary. Herein below we have covered the processes to get the email header for Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live Hotmail, and Apple Mail.
Perform the below steps to get the email header for an email received in your Gmail Inbox:
Open the email for which you want to get the email header.
Locate the down-arrow next to the Reply link and click it. A menu appears.
Select the Show Original option. A new window will appear with the header.
Perform the below steps to get the email header for an email received in your Yahoo Inbox:
In the Inbox, right-click the email whose header you need.
Select the View Full Headers option. A new window will appear with the header.
Windows Live Hotmail
Perform the below steps to get the email header for Windows Live Hotmail:
Right-click the email whose header you want to access. A menu appears.
Select the View Source option. You will see a new window having the email header and the html coding of the email.
Perform the below steps to get the email header for Apple Mail:
Select the message for which you want to see the header.
Now, on your keyboard press Shift + Command + H. You will get the header.
An example of the Email Header
An email header contains email of the sender, website or platform using which the email has been sent, IP address of the email sender, date of the email, and some more information. Given below is an example of the email header that will help you to identify the email header:
Received: by 10.112.198.36 with SMTP id iz4csp337237lbc;
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:13:00 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: by 10.98.72.215 with SMTP id q84mr68493930pfi.152.1455210780377;
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:13:00 -0800 (PST)
Return-Path: <transactional-32094359-****adeepak2353=gmail.com@****chargemail1.in> Received: from ms215.****chargemail1.in (ms215.****chargemail1.in. [22.214.171.124])
by mx.google.com with ESMTP id cc5si13622594pad.168.2016.02.11.09.12.59
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:13:00 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of email@example.com designates 126.96.36.199 as permitted sender) client-ip=188.8.131.52;
spf=pass (google.com: domain of transactional-32094359-****adeepak2353=gmail.com@****chargemail1.in designates 184.108.40.206 as permitted sender) firstname.lastname@example.org;
dmarc=pass (p=NONE dis=NONE) header.from=****chargemail.in
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed/relaxed; s=trans; d=freechargemail.in;
DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; c=nofws; q=dns; s=trans; d=freechargemail.in;
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:41:11 +0530
From: FreeCharge <noreply@****chargemail.in>
Subject: Rs.288.00 has been credited to your FreeCharge Account!
Message-ID: <transactional-32094359-****adeepak2353=gmail.com@****chargemail1.in> MIME-Version: 1.0
Tracing email sender
After you have accessed the header, copy it, and then perform the following steps to trace the email sender:
Open this website https://www.ip2location.com/free/email-tracer
Scroll down to find a text box.
In that text box, paste the header code that you had previously copied.
Now, click the Lookup button.
Within a few seconds of clicking the Lookup button, you will get details of the email sender.