Inside Secrets About IP Address Geolocation
Should you worry about being tracked?
We’re all familiar with the cartoon, “Where’s Waldo? ” As you know, it’s not always easy to find the character in the red and white striped shirt, glasses and ski cap.
Using top-tier geolocation, authorities can track down Waldo the instant he’s online.
It’s about the same with Waldo’s IP address (even if it is fictional). If he sent you an email with a picture of himself buried in a crowd, you might find him in the picture…but how would you know where he’s geographically located?
No. Not as impossible as you might think.
Through a useful Internet tool called IP geolocation lookup, you can track an IP address close to someone’s exact location, if they’re communicating with you through the Internet…and if you want or need to know where they really are.
You can get pretty close, depending on a variety of factors, to finding the physical location of someone’s IP address (if you can capture it).
Need proof? Let’s see where you are, in real time, right now.
Where are you?
Go to our IP Lookup (which is an IP location finder or tracker) to see where you show up on the map. If you allow your browser to update your location (when it asks you) the geolocation accuracy gets even better.
You can get a good idea of the where someone is emailing you from using a geolocation tool, like the one right on our site (see IP Lookup). And that, for the most part, should be good enough. It will not give you anyone’s name and address, but it’s not supposed to. That would be a violation of their privacy… and a little too creepy.
But you’d be surprised at how close geolocation can sometimes “zoom in” on you.
When you came to the website, you saw that your IP address was conveniently displayed on the home page. And you also saw—maybe surprisingly—that other information was displayed, such as your:
Longitude and latitude
Whoa! Where did that come from?
It came from the IP address geolocation service used to look at the IP address of wherever you were when you visited our site.
“Based on his IP address, we know
he’s within 2 miles. ”
The IP address you saw could be your home computer’s IP address, or the one at the local coffee shop or airport. It all depends on where you are.
Are you feeling creeped out? You don’t have to be.
Learning more about the Internet
You can also look at this as a way to get educated on the power of the Internet and the tools that you (and others) can use to keep safe. (Read our section on Change IP Address and Hide IP Address. ) After all, your name, street address, nickname or favorite color were not revealed. Chances are, your location was, at best, some five or six miles away from your home.
And does anybody care where you are? No, not unless you’re Waldo.
Still, even when not pinpoint accurate, geolocation usually puts a computer user in a nearby town or area, which may be good enough for the person who wants to know where the curious email they received was actually sent from. Check out Trace Email.
Super geolocation accuracy drills down to your Zip Code, and sometimes even down to your kitchen window.
And that person might be you. In other words, you may want to find the IP address of someone who emails you, run it through a high accuracy geolocation service and get closer to zeroing on their location. Maybe not the exact location of their IP address, but with great accuracy.
And that means you can locate Waldo and even direct him to the nearest mall to get a new shirt.
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How Geolocation Works
Geolocation Database Providers
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Instant IP Address Lookup
Look up IP Address Location
If you can find out the IPv4 or IPv6 address of an Internet user, you can get an idea what part of the country or world they’re in by using our IP Lookup tool. What to do: Enter the IP address you’re curious about in the box below, then click “Get IP Details. ”
How to get someone’s IP address
Once you have an IP address it is as easy as pasting and clicking above. But if you don’t know how to get someone’s IP address read: 11 Ways To Get Someone’s IP Address
What you will get with this tool
The ISP and organization’s name
The IP’s host name
The country it’s in
The city (see below)
The latitude and longitude of the location (a best guess)
The area code for that region
Any known services running on that IP
You won’t get anything like…
A person’s name
The exact location or street address
A phone number
Their email address
That’s where privacy issues come in, which are there to protect Internet users like you.
In countries outside the US and Europe the accuracy for the city level 25mile/40km radius is around 55%.
Your private information is exposed!
How to Trace an IP Address – wikiHow
Tracing an IP address will give you its approximate geographic location, and it’s actually pretty easy to do. You have a couple of options. You can use the WolframAlpha website, or you can use the IP Lookup website—either website works! This wikiHow will walk you through how to do both step-by-step.
Find the IP address that you want to trace. You can find a website’s IP address on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android platforms.
You can also find a Skype user’s IP address if necessary.
3Click the search bar. It’s at the top of the page.
4Enter 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.
5Press ↵ Enter. Doing so will search for the IP address’ geographical details.
Review the results. WolframAlpha will typically show things like the type of IP address, the address’ Internet Service Provider (e. g., Comcast), and the city in which the IP address is currently active.
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.
3Click the search bar. This is the white box below the “IP Address or Hostname” heading.
4Type 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.
5Click Lookup IP. This blue button is to the right of the text field. Doing so will search for your entered IP address.
6Review the results. IP Lookup provides you with basic information about the IP address’ location (e. g., city and state) along with a map and a location pin.
Add New Question
How can I find a person’s location right away?
The fastest way is finding the ip address.
How do I find out someone’s IP address when they’re connected to my WiFi network?
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. )
Somebody hacked my Instagram and then told me my address and stuff about me. What do I do?
Report it to the police and Instagram and they will sort it from there.
Can an IP address be tracked by Facebook or Viber messages?
Only when you are chatting on that particular app.
Can I trace an IP address from Kik or iFunny?
You can use a website where you send the user a link and when they click it, it gives you their IP address. I’m pretty sure this can be done for any form of online communication.
How do I track someone’s IP from a post they posted on Twitter?
This is impossible. However, you could try tricking them into sending you an email.
Do I get to know the person’s name registered on the network by using the tracert command?
No. Tracert only works like the traceroute command on Cisco CLI. It just traces the hop by hop path to the desired network (ISP router or switch).
How do I look up IP address from an iPhone?
You can look up IP addresses from an iPhone the same way you would do so with a computer. If you have Internet access, use the IP-address-tracing websites mentioned in the article.
Does the IP address remain unique for a given device?
It can, if you set a static IP address for a given device. If not, then your router assigns it an IP address using DHCP. DHCP has what’s known as a lease time, after which a device may be assigned a new address. Your network also has a public IP address, which it uses to connect to the internet. This generally does not change.
How do I stop an IP address from continuously trying to hack into my email?
Change your IP address, change your passwords and run an anti-virus program on your computer.
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Article SummaryXTo trace an IP address using WolframAlpha, visit in your web browser. On the website, click on the search bar at the top, enter the IP address, and press “Enter” to show the results. Once the results appear, read through them to check the internet service provider and its location associated with the website. For tips on how to trace an IP address using IPLookup, read on!
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