What information you can get with an IP address

25 posts / 0 new
Last post
thegeek
What information you can get with an IP address

Some of the most popular questions recently are:
Can I get an IP address from a cellphone number?
Can I get someone's IP address if I only have their email?
Can I locate someone if I get their IP address?

Can I get an IP address from a mobile phone number or if the person calls me?

Short answer: NO
Normal mobile phones will not transmit any IP data over a regular cellular call. Some apps such as Skype or Facetime use mobile data (internet) connections instead of the cellular service so it may be possible to extract the IP address but this would require special software on your phone.
But remember, even if you were able to somehow get the IP address from a cellphone, bear in mind that mobile IP addresses are highly dynamic - meaning they change all the time. If the mobile phone is in a car and moving, it could change it's IP address every few minutes when it switches towers. When the mobile phone is turned off, then back on, it almost certainly gets a new IP address.

If I have someone's email address, can I get their IP address from it?

If all you have is the person's email address, then no, there is no way to determine their IP address. However if they send you an email you may be able to extract their IP address from the "header" information contained in the email. There are also services that allow you to send anyone an email with a special tracker in it that will send you their IP address if/when they open the email.

Is it possible to track someone's location with their IP address?

Short answer: NO
IP addresses are public information. Your IP address is not secret, it's not hidden, and if you are reading this page the webmaster knows your IP address. If someone were to get your IP (or, if you get someone else's) there are a few ways to trace the IP to it's actual user's home or business address - but it will take some work.

How to trace an IP address to someone's home address:

First, forget about those online "IP tracing" websites that claim to pinpoint an IP address to a street address and even show it on a map. What those services do is display the address of the owner of the IP, not the user. You and me are IP users, Verizon, AT&T Charter, Earthlink, etc, are the owners of IP addresses. So using one of those "locate IP address" services will give you the street address of the nearest office for the ISP (Internet Service Provider) that owns that IP. This might give you a general idea of where that person is located, but since some ISP's will show their nationwide office address, it might be totally wrong.

Customer information is private!

The name, address, phone number and any other information associated with and internet user's IP address is private information and the ISP will not just hand this information over to anyone without being forced to do so. Imagine for a moment how much different the internet would be if every time a Facebook troll said something nasty people came knocking on their door!

Legitimate ways to trace the location of an IP address

If you are being harassed or threatened, don't goof-off and waste time on the computer and try to get all Dirty Harry, CALL THE POLICE! Law enforcement has legal channels and procedures for getting customer information from internet service providers, however it is doubtful they will give that information to you so that you can take the law into your own hands. If the police determine there is a problem, they will deal with it.

Another way get track down the user of an IP address is to hire an attorney and request that a judge issue a subpoena to the internet service provider forcing them to tell you who was using a particular IP address at a particular time. Bear in mind that this will likely be very costly and there is no guarantee that the judge will agree with your reasons and approve the subpoena.

Can I hack the computer or phone when I know the IP address?

Can you hack it? If you are at this website, asking that question, the answer is probably: NO
Only a few years ago, if you had someone's IP address it was relatively easy to get into their computer, make it crash (reboot), get files from it, etc. That was back when most people were running Windows 95 or Windows '98 and they were connected directly to the internet via a 28k modem with no firewall or protection.
Today, virtually all modern operating systems like Windows or Mac OS X are very secure and most people's high-speed internet router doubles as a firewall. Mobile phones on the internet are also very secure - and considering the fact that a mobile device's IP address changes all the time make them an even more difficult 'moving target'.

This means that even if you have someone's IP address, although it's technically possible to hack into their device, it is not easy, and very unlikely that you will be the one doing the hacking.

Still not sure? Post a question or comment below.

   

   

Red
Re: how can I find IP address from a phone number or street addr

Hi. How do I find an ip number using a street address or phone number?

Anonymous Visitor
IP address

what are you going to do when you get the IP address?

Anonymous Visitor
Re: IP address

Find my phone

Anonymous Visitor
Re: IP address

DDoS them or DOS them

Anonymous Visitor
Re: IP address

Put it in some code

Angela
Re: What information you can get with an IP address

Can I find out what state a call was made from an IP address

Anonymous Visitor
Re: What information you can get with an IP address

Anonymous Visitor wrote:
Can I find out what state a call was made from an IP address

Probably not. At least, not reliably.
The IP address usually will allow you to look up who the owner of the IP address is (Verizon, AT&T, etc) and it will show you the address of the headquarters or maybe a local office.

Thuli
Re: What information you can get with an IP address

I have someone on watsapp crroking people abut have my his/her profile picture as mine. and chat as if its me talking.

Lasse
Re: What information you can get with an IP address

Location of my girlfriend on The time she meets her lover

Lasse
Re: What information you can get with an IP address

I hope to Get locations of my girfroend and her movements during The day??

Pages

Add new comment