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11 Ways People Can Spy On Your IP Address

11 Ways People Can Spy Your IP Address (You Don

(You don't want to hear the last one...)

We took a poll. Most people say that the only people out there who know your IP address is your Internet Service Provider...the Cox Cables and Verizons of the world.

Those people are wrong.

Fact is, anybody with a little know-how can find, view and "capture" your IP address.

You need to understand this:

With the right technical know-how and a computer trick here and there, companies, government institutions, and the typical nerdy IT guy—and even your annoying teenage neighbor—can uncover your IP address.

I'm sure you wondering, "don't they need my permission?"

The answer is no. They can sniff out your IP address without your permission.

But you shouldn't lose any sleep over that.

Still, it makes you wonder why someone would even care to know your IP address.

Well, people have their different reasons for wanting to know it.

And different ways to get it.

Here's why they want your IP.

A business may want to know your IP address because they simply want to run in through an IP lookup service to find out where "you" are located.

Fraudsters try to hide behind
an IP address.

They actually have a pretty good reason.

Let's say an online retail customer whose mailing address says, "New York, NY" and buys thousands of dollars of fancy merchandise from a company. However when that company captures the customer's IP address, it figures out his location is really Russia or China. That's a real problem.

It gets better.

In fact, it's common for advertisers, companies and service websites to "grab" your IP addresses if you're visiting their site or if you click on ads on their website.

What they can find out is pretty interesting.

  • What country or state you're in
  • What city you're in...within a few miles (sometimes city blocks)
  • They can piece together a profile of your interests or online behaviors

There are ways to block your IP like you block a phone number...I'll cover that a little bit later.

That's only step one:

  • By knowing your IP address, an online Forum could "block" access to their chat room.
  • By knowing your IP address, an online subscription service could block you from accessing their content, because a sporting/special event is otherwise blacked out in your area.
It's not that people can "use" your IP address, it's more that by knowing it they can track you, target you or block you.

It's not that people can "use" your IP address, it's more that by knowing it they can track you, target you or block you.

Finally, you might want to sit down for this one.

With a subpoena and your IP address, law enforcement can ask your Internet provider for your name and home address and gain permission to hack into your emails.

But all this is just part of the story.

Now you need to know HOW people get your IP address—every day, with ease.

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How Someone Might Get Your IP address.

Here are nearly a dozen ways people on the Internet can get YOUR IP address:

By borrowing your computer or smart device. If somebody uses or borrows your computer, they can find out your IP address simply by going to It pops right up.
By tapping into your wireless network. If you're home network isn't well secure, a stranger can tap into your wireless network. Also, if you let a guest use your network (you provide the password) they will know your IP address.
They pluck it out of your email. Relax: Most Internet/email providers today no longer include the IP address of someone sending an email. But smaller Internet Service Providers or people who set up their own email server which might still be revealing their IP address. Try our trace email tool to see.
Through an email HTML Bug. Thanks for your interest. This bug isn't a virus or malicious. It's simply a piece of code imbedded in an image that's included with an email you read. If you view the image (often just be opening the email), the bug simply tells the sender that you read the email...and it also provides your IP address. There are even services that help people set up email bugs like this. Check out
From web server logs. Here's how the Internet works: Every time you visit a website, you leave your IP address. After all, it's your digital pass to connect online. A website can (if they wish) scour their Web-server computers to review all the IP addresses, just to see the reach of their message or who's a repeat visitor.

Who knew? But hang on, there's more...

In Internet Forums. Joining a forum to share ideas or contribute to a discussion is getting more popular, especially in online education. Your "handle" may identify your voice and opinions, but your IP address identifies your computer to the administrator. (That's how they ban you if you break their rules.)
From Blog Comments. Bloggers write in part to hear the opinions of their readers. Not only can the blog administrator read what you have say, they can uncover your IP address with a few keystrokes.
Through social media. Social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) do not reveal IP addresses between users, but the site administrators indeed know your IP address. Also, if you click on an ad or link on the site, the they will capture your IP address.
Out of messaging Apps. Your mobile phone uses an IP address every time you engage someone through a messaging app, such as WhatsApp and Viber. Messaging app usage is growing incredibly fast. Your IP address is invisible to the person you message, but if-and-when you click on a link in a message, the website you sent it to has access to your IP address. There are sites likes and that you can use to create trackable links.
Via your work email. The email header on your office's email could reveal your IP address, and a clever IT-minded person can easily use it to find the location of your work place. Try our trace email tool.
Through a court order. In late 2016, a new law went into effect that sent chills down the spines of millions of people. Revisions to a U.S. federal security measure called Rule 41 gave the FBI and others more leeway while investigating online activity. The request for subpoenas to get IP addresses (and home addresses) is much easier now.

Let's put it this way...

You're fighting a losing battle when it comes to preventing someone from capturing your public IP address. But that doesn't mean all is lost. You can get the upper hand in this cat-and-mouse game of shielding your IP address from the world.

Fight back (and win!) with an alternative IP address.

As you can see, your IP address is "capturable" most of the time while you're online. But you can make sure that the IP address they capture isn't traceable back to you by 99% of the time.


By using a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. A VPN, which is an affordable, fee-based online service networking that masks your actual IP address and routes you through another network with a different IP address.

Real IP address
Spoofed IP address

And you want to know the best part?

That "borrowed" IP address is the only one anyone in any of the above categories will see.

There's no time to waste.

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