What is My IP Address?

An IP address is a unique combination of numbers assigned to your device, which enables it to communicate with other devices on the Internet.

Your IP Address is: Ashburn, United States
What Is My IP Address

What Your IP Address Can Reveal About You And your Online Activities

  • The city from where you’re trying to access a site online
  • Your country of residence
  • The province you’re living in
  • The ZIP/postal code where you live
  • As you visit websites over the internet, more and more information is gathered about you. Websites use your IP address and other information such as metadata, cookies, and trackers to build a profile about you. Website owners, marketers, and advertisers use this information to target you with ads.

    Websites will get clear access to your actual physical location, the websites you visit, your interests, what you download, who you communicate with, and so much more. You can think of them as data gathering machines who retain your data for their personal gains.

    Websites is one thing, ISPs know way too much about you.. Since you’re their customer, an Internet Service Provider knows your name, address, phone number, credit card number, bank account details, credit history, and potentially even more.

    Moreover, numerous countries in Europe and North America are required by law to retain logs of users browsing activities without issuing them a warrant and hand their data over to government agencies when they ask for it. Also, if you’re using a website that isn’t HTTPS-secured, you are susceptible to online attacks as you’re not secured with AES 256-bit encryption.

What is an IP Address?

An Internet Protocol address, more commonly known as an IP address, is a unique identifier assigned to every device or a computer. IP addresses are further classified into two versions. The IPv4 consists of only numeric labels, such as The IPv6, on the other hand, consists of a combination of numeric as well as hexadecimal such as 2001:db8:85a3::8a2e:370:7334

IPv4 vs. IPv6 addresses

The internet hosts two versions of Internet Protocol addresses, IP Version 4 (IPv4) and IP Version 6 (IPv6). Their purpose is to facilitate communication over the internet by identifying devices from the other and addressing devices’ location.

Probably the most noticeable difference between IPv4 and IPv6 is the number of addresses. While IPv4, invented in the 1970s, uses 32 bits, it only allows for about 4 billion addresses. On the other hand, IPv6 was introduced in 1995 to make sure that the internet world doesn’t run out of IP address. IPv6 uses 128 bits, which translates to 3.4 x 1038 possible addresses.

Every internet user needs a public IP to connect to the internet. Usually, the public IP is provided by a user's Internet Service Provider (ISP), which allows the user to connect to the internet.

What is a Private IP?

Private networks like the ones at schools, offices, universities, homes etc. use private IP addresses to communicate with other devices connected to the same private network. These devices do not connect directly to the internet, but first connect to the server of the network, and the server then connects to the internet.

Private IPs are usually assigned by servers used to establish a private network.

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Public vs. Private IP addresses

Private IP addresses are usually used by private networks to identify and share data between computers and devices (for e.g. printers) that are directly connected with one another and not with the internet.

Your computer or any other device has a unique private IP address that can be used for communication purpose with ease other. But nothing outside the local network can identify or connect with these devices.

Your router can assign private IP address to all devices connected to your home network via the DHCP protocol.

Public IP vs Private IP

Why you need a Private IP?

A private IP address is needed by a user who wants to be anonymous, secure and private on the internet. Private IPs guarantee complete internet freedom as you can access whatever you want on the internet. Online anonymity and security also save you from hackers and surveillance agencies.

Private IPs are not bought or sold. Companies like PureVPN reserve a pool of private IPs for themselves, which in turn allows their users to connect to the internet. Subscribing to PureVPN will give you access to more than 300,000 IP addresses that are available in the immense IP pool of PureVPN.

Get Private IP Address with PureVPN

Since PureVPN is a private network, PureVPN users are assigned a private IP by PureVPN's servers. These private IPs are not used by anyone else in the world except PureVPN.

Public and private IPs are further divided into two types: Dynamic and Static IPs. If an IP is static, it means that every time a user or device connects to the internet, they will get the same IP. This is not the case with dynamic IPs, since they keep changing as per the availability of IPs.

PureVPN provides dedicated/static IPs as an add-on. You can select this add-on while you are going through the checkout process at PureVPN.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, your IP address shows your exact physical location unless you use a VPN. If you’re using a VPN, your IP will be routed to a different server in a different country, meaning you’ll be assigned a virtual IP throughout the time you maintain the VPN connection.
Your ISP is the first person to view your IP address location. The websites you visit will also know your location. You can mask your actual physical location by using a VPN.
Changing your IP address is simple. All you have to do it connect to a VPN service and the VPN will assign you a temporary virtual IP based in a different region/country. The VPN will hide your exact IP address and keep it protected from prying eyes as you’ll be equipped with an IP provided by the VPN service.
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