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What is my IP address?

The “IP” address stands for “Internet Protocol.” To access the internet you need an IP address. This is a number which represents your computer. Much like the address of a house. Every time you go on the Internet, an IP address is given to your computer.

When you collect your email, shop, chat or access social networks like Facebook, your request has to be sent to the right place, and information needs to be sent back to you at your computer or device.

When you connect to the internet you firstly connect to a network which allows you to access the internet.Heard of an ISP? Internet Service Provider? Virgin Media, BT, Sky? Whoever your internet provider is you connect to their network first to gain access to the world on the web. Wherever you are you need to connect to a service provider first.

What are Internet Protocols?

Your computer’s networking software is hardwired to follow a list of built-in networking rules (protocols) to connect to Internet, which allows you to swop information and data back and forth.

Internet Protocol, is the rule responsible for addressing, delivering and routing your request for information or direct you to where you want to go.

When you’re at home, your Internet Service Provider, such as Virgin Media or BT assign your computer an IP address each time you connect to the internet. When you request information from the Net they then know who to send it back to.

However, for the majority of people at home it can change if you do something as simple as turn your modem or router on and off, unless you have paid for or set a static IP with your service provider. So when you go on holiday your IP address doesn’t take a break with you. For example, if you went to Spain for a quick break, when you get there and connect to the internet, you will use another service providers network, and they assign you an IP address so that you can connect to the internet.

Who’d of thought, all this happens without you even knowing. Every time you connect to the internet you are assigned an IP address, without this you couldn’t access the world wide web.

Do you want to find out what your IP address is?

There are loads of sites that provide information about your IP address. Simply type into Google, “what’s my IP” and it will give you your public facing IP address. You can visit sites like whatismyipaddress.com to get more details information about your IP.

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