What is an IP Address?

Have you ever wondered what the most Googled question is?

Well, we did extensive research (ok, we just Googled it) and were surprised to find the answer is:

“What is my IP address?”

So, what is your IP address exactly?  For starters, the “IP” stands for Internet Protocol.  In layman’s terms, your Internet Protocol Address is a series of numbers assigned to your device when using the internet. You can think of IP addresses like the postal service of internet connectivity.

To dig a little deeper, here are 5 things you should know about your IP address:

  1. It changes. Every time you connect to a different Wi-Fi connection or even if you restart your modem and a “new” connection is made to the same network, you get a new IP address.
  2. Every device with internet connectivity has its own IP address. That means your computer, phone, tablet, wireless printer, and yes... even your Smart TV all have a unique IP address.
  3. Your IP address does not share your name, home address, age, browser history, or any other personal information.
  4. While your EXACT location is not revealed from an IP address, it is associated with a geo-location and ISP (Internet Service Provider). It is unlikely that your IP address will result in hackers knocking on your front door; however, it could still be used in narrowing down your general location.
  5. There are scenarios where it is still in your best interest to hide your IP address using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). We will elaborate more on that soon. In the meantime, do not forget #TheThreatsAreReal.

So, you may be thinking, “If my IP address doesn’t give much personal info, why is it the most frequently asked question on Google?”

The mundane reality is that it is likely looked up so often for IT support purposes. An IP address is needed for remote access to a device. Although, it will not give the bad guys too much of your personal data, it will give the good guys (like us) a way to provide solutions to most technical issues that are slowing you down!

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