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IP Addresses

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

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?

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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What is an IP Address?

What is an IP Address: Definition, Types & Usage

You’ve probably heard of an IP address and understand that it has something to do with your Internet. However, if you don’t fully grasp what IP means, don’t worry – you’re not alone.  Although your IP address provides the passport to all things Internet-related, there aren’t many instances where you’ll need to know it. An IP…

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Geotagging all around the globe

The Secrets of Geolocation Accuracy

You see it all of the time in spy thrillers and police dramas. From The Bourne Supremacy to Criminal Minds, we see a suspect traced to their exact, hidden location using IP geolocation, and based on its accuracy, the good guys burst in to save the world from peril. No matter what technological tricks the…

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