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Can somebody explain what an IP address is?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Guss, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. and how it works. how do you check an IP address? what information does it give. what do you have to do to be vulnerable to having your IP found out. Just curious :help:
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  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    just like if you know someones home address you can drive to it and with proper thievery tools and skillz you could break in and do what you want.

    When you are on the web... you are an IP address (IP = "Internet Protocol" which is governed by TCP (or Transmision Control Protocol)). If someone knows your address and you don't know how to lock your windows and doors.... they can let them selves in for a peak around.


    WOW look it all that stuff you got there :bag:

  4. ambolina

    ambolina Guest

    Apr 7, 2004
    San Diego, Ca
    It's what it says it is - your computer's address, assigned to you by your internet service provider (it looks something like this: When you visit a web site, the server which that web site is "hosted on" (where the code and images for the web site live), records your IP address, what type of computer you're using (PC, Mac, Unix), which browser you're using, and depending on the type of tracking they have set up, what pages you visit and for how long and what files you download. You'll notice some message board's display a person's IP address.

    Your IP address does not contain your name. However, your computer might have your e-mail address associated with it if you use Outlook, Express, or anything other than a web-based email client (Hotmail, Yahoo) and that gets recorded the server logs of where you visit also.

    Now I'm sure hackers can find out who you are from you IP address, but most normal people would have to contact your internet service provider to have them tell them WHO you actually are. And you can't just call up the service provider and say "hey, who is"

    so that's a rudamentary answer which still doesn't answer all the questions i think you're getting at, but that's what it is. When I look at the server logs for my website, I can see who is on and where they've been and it gives me this info based on the visitor's IP address.
  5. The IP adress is kind of your online location. I don't know the details of it but basically when you go online your ISP (internet provider) assigns you a number. The idea is that if someone finds your IP address they can essentially find out your online location and thus they might be able to hack you or something.
  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    I work for a Telephone / Internet company and I will tell you,

    all IP addresses are held by ARIN http://ww2.arin.net/whois/ Best you can do is guess by owner (ISP)

    if someone needs tracking and the IP comes back to "Monmouth Telecom" it takes a subpoena before we will even think about looking.
  7. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    Me too. That wouldn't be Bernie's old company would it? ;)
  8. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Your more vulnerable to hackers when you use cable/satellite internet connections as your IP doesn't change. Dial up users are a liitle safer as each time you dial up your IP changes.

    There are plenty of websites that can teach you how to mask your IP and/or protect yourself from attack and unwanted snoopers.
  9. From the top of my head:

    Your ISP (Internet service provider) assigns your computer an IP address. It can be either a static (the IP is always the same) or dynamic IP (the IP changes every time you log on). So basically every computer on the internet has an IP address.

    For example, when you visit a website, for example talkbass.com, there is actually a computer somewhere out there that has the actual website on its harddrive. When you type in "http://www.talkbass.com", first it looks up the name "http://www.talkbass.com" in the DNS (domain name system), which is a big registry of all the websites and which IP addresses are associated with which websites.

    So "talkbass.com" is really just a nickname for a computer's IP address because it's so much easier to remember talkbass.com rather than a series of numbers.

    That's your computer science lecture for the day. :)
  10. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Why ask about this on a forum about BASS when you can Google this?

    Nevah underestimate the Powah of GOOGLE!
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    don't know... I'm coming up on one year with them. It was an ISP / Host but has steadily grown to the point that we are becoming a "Facility Based CLEC" and sit on redundant OC48 at our data / switching center.

    We just had our 10 year party :cool: all 53 employees