What Does Your IP Address Reveal About You

What Does Your IP Address Reveal About You

By Leo Notenboom

Associating an IP address with an actual name and address – might be harder than TV and movies have lead you to believe.–PC Pitstop

While getting someone’s name and address from their IP address is technically possible, it’s also typically difficult and requires involving law enforcement.

I have the IP address from someone who’s causing me some problems. Can I get their name and location from that?

Yes and no. But mostly no.

This is perhaps one of the most common questions or comments that I get. Unfortunately, people’s expectations have been colored – often dramatically – by popular television shows and movies.

Unfortunately, this is real life – which isn’t nearly as easy or exciting.

Publicly available information

As I’ve discussed in previous articles, there are services on the internet that will return information about an IP address.

ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, is the canonical place to start. It’s this organization that actually organizes IP address assignments in the U.S. They provide a “who is” (often just referred to as whois, without the space) search, which will look up the owner of an IP address or refer you to the equivalent service in another country, if appropriate.

DomainTools.com is another one that includes a whois service that will look up both domain names (like “askleo.com”) and IP addresses, so you can see who owns them.

PlotIP is an interesting service that will also perform a whois lookup and return information about the IP address, including a map of where the service believes the IP address is located.

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This excerpt appears with permission from Leo Notenboom.

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2 thoughts on “What Does Your IP Address Reveal About You

  1. Other than the fact that your full of shit,
    An IP address is far from a zipcode. Each computer has a unique IP address that belongs only to the user. No one cares if the average person discovers your IP address.
    Its the terrorist organization called the U.S government that we have to worry about. If they get a hold of your IP address they can demand all the information they want from the internet service provider you are using. Including your name, social security number, and the address to the home where you are getting service. Although your name is all they really need. They already have all of your other information.

  2. A persons IP Address is only part of someones location.It’s more like a Zip Code.I personally have a few programs that I have designed to fight off E Bay Bots.An E Bay Bot is an E Bay account that is made up by a seller to increase sales.I only use these programs to track down these types of sellers.Nothing more.There capable of a lot more than this,but I’m just here to explain that if someone like me put there minds to it,they can do just about anything.For an example.I have a program that I designed that can take pictures,listen & locate were a phone is without the phones battery being in it.

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