How to Trace an IP Address

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How does IP address location tracking work

An IP address location tracking is often referred to as either an “IP Address Geolocation” or “Geo IP”.

How does IP address location tracking work

The IP Geolocation services generally utilize IP address databases, that have an approximate geographical location for each IP address. The IP addresses are generally grouped into blocks where each block has a specific longitude and latitude assigned to it according to the IP address leasing authority such as an ISP provider.

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ISP providers do not provide an exact location for each IP address because of the privacy policies and the dynamic nature of these addresses where each IP can be assigned to a different user at any given point in time.

Two types of IP addresses used with Geo IP

There are 2 types of IP addresses – dynamic and static. The dynamic IP addresses are those that are frequently assigned to different users as IP allocation demand increases or decreases. The static IPs are those that are leased to a specific user for a prolonged amount of time.

IP address tracking misconception

There is a common misconception, that IP address tracking can track a user’s location in real-time. However, the function of GEO IP location services is to read the information about an IP address location from a database and not via other methods such as a GPS location. IP location databases are most commonly updated in intervals of x-number of weeks or by-monthly.

Getting an exact physical address of an IP address

If an exact precise location and the user of an IP address is required, a police warrant must be obtained in order to get the information about an IP address holder and the physical address of an ISP account holder at a specific moment of time.

The IP address tracking and GPS (Global Positioning System)

In some situations when a location of a service landline or aerial vehicle or a person is required to be reported in real-time based on an IP address, the Global Positioning Systems are utilized that precisely provide a latitude and longitude data that is later coupled and assigned to a hardware unit based on an IP address. An example of such utilization is aerial and landline drones that are used for surveillance within a restricted zone and are connected via radio communications to the WAN or LAN or mobile service vehicles that utilize static proxy IP addresses.

Are IP address databases a reliable source of IP address geolocation data?

IP based geolocation generally provides about 40 percent to 80 percent accuracy for a user’s region or state

If the IP address data serves a statistical purpose only and does not require a precise stress address of a device, then the database-driven data can be considered to be sufficiently reliable (as long as it’s regularly updated). There are a few major IP location database providers on the market, and each has its own advantages. Each provider has its own (in some way unique) methods of database data acquisition and compilation. Many services that utilize such data, generally acquire the data from multiple databases provides in order to more precisely approximate an IP address device location. These services include but are not limited to Internet user statistical data, website statistics, payments fraud prevention, financial institutions security devices, medical device maintenance, and so on.

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How to Trace an IP Address

This article was written by Yaffet Meshesha and by wikiHow staff writer, Jack Lloyd. Yaffet Meshesha is a Computer Specialist and the Founder of Techy, a full-service computer pickup, repair, and delivery service. With over eight years of experience, Yaffet specializes in computer repairs and technical support. Techy has been featured on TechCrunch and Time.

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Tracing an IP address will give you its approximate geographic location, and it’s actually pretty easy to do. There are several online IP trackers that allow you to search for an IP address, including WolframAlpha and the Spiceworks IP Lookup tool. This wikiHow tutorial will guide you through tracing an IP address’s origin in a few simple steps.

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Using WolframAlpha

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  • You can also find a Skype user’s IP address if necessary.

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Open the WolframAlpha website. Go to https://www.wolframalpha.com/ in your web browser.
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Click the search bar. It’s at the top of the page.

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Enter the IP address that you found. For example, if you wanted to trace Facebook’s IP address, you would type 157.240.18.35 into the search bar.

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Press ↵ Enter . Doing so will search for the IP address’ geographical details.

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  • You can click More to the right of the “IP address registrant:” heading to view information about the registered city.
  • If WolframAlpha doesn’t display the IP address’ information, try using IP Lookup instead.

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Using IP Lookup

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Open the IP Lookup website. Go to https://community.spiceworks.com/tools/ip-lookup/ in your web browser.

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Click the search bar. This is the white box below the “IP Address or Hostname” heading.

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Type in the IP address that you found. For example, you’d type in 172.217.7.206 to search for one of Google’s addresses.

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Click Lookup IP . This blue button is to the right of the text field. Doing so will search for your entered IP address.

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  • To ensure your Windows desktop computer or laptop is safe from viruses, use the Windows Defender. It is an anti-virus software built into a Windows operating system.
  • You can use this software instead of other paid and tested software because they may try to clean up programs and software on your computer that are not bad.
  • Email providers like MSN, Gmail, or Yahoo have different filter systems. To know if the email is legit or not is to look at the domain of the email.

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How can I find a person’s location right away?
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The fastest way is finding the ip address.

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How do I find out someone’s IP address when they’re connected to my WiFi network?
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If someone is on your WiFi network, then they’ll have the same IP address as everyone else on that network since your router is what gives you that external IP. (Every individual device does have its own IP address, but when connected to WiFi, an external address is given via the router.)

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Report it to the police and Instagram and they will sort it from there.

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