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Can Someone Track Me Using My IP Address?

How Your IP Address Could Lead Anyone to Your Front Door You probably don’t think too much about your IP address, but maybe it’s time you did. Most people (and maybe you) know their IP address is a digital address of some sort that helps the Internet deliver content to your computer. And perhaps you…

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How a Hacker Might Exploit Your IP Address

How a Hacker Might Exploit Your IP Address

A hacker is simply an online vandal, if you think about it. What do vandals do but damage things that don’t belong to them, for no good reason other than to do it. A hacker wants to worm his way into a network of his choosing to do serious (or not-so-serious) damage, such as stealing…

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Email Basics

What is Email? How to Trace an Email Address?

Do you know anyone who doesn’t use email? It’s not likely. Email is as common as having a telephone for just about all of us. There are about two billion email users around the world. In 2012, Google said it had 425 million email users worldwide, and Microsoft said it had more than 360 million…

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Dynamic and Static IP Address Differences

Dynamic vs. Static IP Address: Understanding the Differences

When you sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP), you will either end up with a static IP address or a dynamic IP address. What’s the difference between the two? Haven’t you ever marveled at how the internet knows how to get information directly to your computer? It’s not magic: your IP address is…

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What is the Domain Name System (DNS)?

DNS: The Magic that Translates Website Names into IP Addresses

Every time you visit a website, you are interacting with the largest distributed database in the world. This massive database is collectively known as the DNS, or the Domain Name System. Without it, the Internet as we know it would be unable to function. The work that the DNS does happens so seamlessly and instantaneously…

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CIDR Conversion Table

What is CIDR Notation and Why Should We Pay Attention to It?

Classless inter-domain routing (CIDR) is a set of Internet Protocol (IP) standards that is used to create unique identifiers for networks and individual devices. The IP addresses allow particular information packets to be sent to specific computers. Shortly after the introduction of CIDR, technicians found it difficult to track and label IP addresses, so a…

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How to Remove an IP Address from a Blacklist

(Go to our Blacklist Check page to find out if your IP address is listed on an anti-spam database. This article explains why that happens and how to get off a blacklist.) Each blacklist database has its own criteria for flagging IP addresses and compiling its own list of online offenders. Those criteria could include…

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Restricted Area: Do Not Enter

Internet Restrictions Myth: You Can’t Solve Censorship, Netflix Geo-Blocks.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) lets you get around the walls that websites, networks and countries put up to deny you access to content you have a right to see. Once you connect to your VPN, a website can no longer see or “know” your actual IP address: They see an IP address that’s not on a “block” list, because it’s one provided by your VPN. 

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