You don't own your public IP address. Whenever you use the Internet, your provider lets you borrow an address so that your device can connect to the Internet.
Your IP address will be different if you change your broadband provider or internet connection.
You can use Glimp's IP Checker tool to learn your IP address. This will tell you where you're physically located, which internet service provider you're connected to, the type of connection, the hostname of your provider, and more.
A MAC address, which stands for Media Access Control, is given to your device upon manufacturing. While an IP address is linked to the software, a MAC address is linked to the hardware, such as a desktop or router.
This is useful for diagnosing network problems like connection issues and lags. Unlike an IP address, it doesn't change, as it's embedded in the hardware. For a network administrator, this is a better way to recognise the senders and receivers of data in your network.
IP-based geolocation means using an IP address or a MAC address to locate the real-world physical location of a device connected to the Internet. This involves collecting information such as the country, region, latitude and longitude, and other determining factors.
The accuracy of IP-based geolocation is nearly 100%, unlike most IP address checkers, which don't give precise results of your whereabouts.
Since your internet service provider assigns your IP location to your device, they're likely the only entity that can see your address. Therefore, you don't need to worry about others prying on your personal data.
If you're connected to public WiFi, you can use advanced security options, like browsing through a special browser or connecting through a VPN, for total anonymity and privacy.
IPv4 and IPv6 are different versions (hence the letter "v") of IP addresses. The main difference is the number of possible IP addresses each version can make.
IPv4 is much older and uses 32-bit decimal systems, which means it can only produce up to 4.3 billion unique addresses. IPv6 is relatively new and uses hexadecimal digits when creating IP addresses, giving over 340 trillion possibilities.
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