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IP address3.238.235.248
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Protocol versionIPv4
ISPAmazon.com
CityAshburn
Country The United States The United States
Reverse DNS 248.235.238.3.in-addr.arpa
Hostnameec2-3-238-235-248.compute-1.amazonaws.com
Reverse lookupec2-3-238-235-248.compute-1.amazonaws.com


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Why do I need an IP address?

An IP address, or Internet Protocol address, is a fundamental component of networking and internet communication. It is like a street address for your device, provided by your internet service provider, enabling them to identify and communicate with each other. Whether you are accessing the internet, hosting a service, or managing security, having one is essential. Just as a street or home address helps people know where to send mail, an IP address helps the internet know where to send information for your device. Without it, your device wouldn't be able to communicate and receive information from the internet or other devices on a network.

Can I use the internet without it?

No, a unique address is required to access the internet through a router. It is a unique numerical label assigned to every device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. It serves two main functions: identifying the host or network interface, and providing the location of the host in the network. Without it, a device would not be able to communicate with other devices on the internet from the private network.

Is it safe to share it?

Sharing your public IP address can potentially compromise your online privacy and security. It can be used to determine your general location, and it can also be used to track your online activities. If you share it with someone you don't trust, they may be able to use it to gain access to your personal information or to launch attacks on your devices. Therefore, it is generally recommended to keep it private.

Can someone see my IP address when I use incognito mode?

Unfortunately yes. Using incognito mode in a web browser does not hide your IP address. Incognito mode primarily helps to prevent the browser from storing information on your device. Information like browsing history, cookies, and cached files. However, your IP address is still visible to the websites you are visiting, as well as to your ISP.

If you want to mask your IP address, you can read how to do it in our tutorial.

Could someone track my online activities?

When going online at work, your employer can track your online activity by monitoring a proxy server or VPN service they require you to use. If you're browsing at home, your activities will be logged on your device (unless you use incognito mode, through your browser bar), and by the servers you're connected to.
Check our article on how to prevent tracking.

What is the difference between IPv4 and IPv6?

IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) and IPv6 (version 6) are the backbone of internet communication, defining how data is sent and received over networks. Despite serving the same purpose, there are critical differences between them that impact everything from connectivity to security.

IPv4 is the most widely used protocol, with over four billion IP addresses. However, its 32-bit address space is not enough to accommodate the explosive growth of the internet, leading to the depletion of available addresses. IPv4 addresses are typically shown as four decimal numbers separated by dots (e.g., 192.168.0.1).

IPv6, the newer version, was developed to solve this shortage. With a 128-bit address space, it provides a virtually unlimited number of IP addresses. IPv6 addresses appear as eight groups of four hexadecimal digits, separated by colons (e.g., 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334), offering a much larger and more scalable solution for the internet's future.

The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is more than just an expansion of address space; it includes improvements in routing efficiency, security, and the ability to support new services. IPv6 facilitates direct end-to-end connectivity, enabling all devices to communicate directly with each other without the need for network address translation (NAT), enhancing both performance and security.

Despite its advantages, the adoption of IPv6 has been gradual, requiring updates to infrastructure and overcoming compatibility challenges with the existing IPv4 ecosystem. However, as we continue to connect more devices and services to the internet, the shift towards IPv6 is inevitable and essential for sustaining the internet's growth and innovation.

Understanding the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 is crucial for businesses, developers, and users alike to future-proof their networks and ensure seamless connectivity in the ever-evolving digital landscape.