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Can anyone know where you live just by your IP address? We have already told you that a public IP is the address that your operator assigns you when you connect to the Internet, a unique license plate with which you identify when browsing, thanks to which the pages and online services know where they have you You send the data.
But today we are going to talk about other possibilities offered by IP addresses, that of geolocating someone. We are going to tell you to what extent your physical address can be known through your IP, and how reliable this method can be to locate a person.
What is IP geolocation?
We talk about geolocation based on IP addresses when an IP address is assigned the actual geographical location of a device through which the Internet is being accessed. This geolocation implies that the IP address is assigned a country of origin, region or city, the latitude and longitude of the position in GPS and the name of the ISP or operator that assigns the IP.
The US ARIN or the European NCC RIPE are some of the centers responsible for overseeing the allocation and registration of Internet resource numbers in specific regions. They have the Whois of the IPs, the information about who owns each one, and they offer this information to many of the agencies that request it.
And what will someone want this information for? Many websites need methods to identify where their visitors come from, and pairing IP addresses with a geographic location is one of them. It is one of the factors that helps to pre-fill the forms with your country of origin or to have a website appear in your language when you visit it.
It also helps security, as e-commerce owners have with it a tool to reduce credit card fraud depending on the location where they are used. In addition, in the case of suffering an illegal computer attack or spam, an administrator can know where the action is taking place from.
How accurate is this geolocation?
On the network there are several databases, some for free and others for payment, that offer its customers to obtain the geolocation of the IPs that visit them through codes and APIs that can be inserted into their websites. Ip2location, MaxMind, Tamo Soft or IPligence are some of them, and depending on the database the accuracy with which you are geolocated can vary between 50% or 98%.
Using these databases on the Internet you can find several pages capable of knowing the physical location of an IP. However, these pages do not usually offer specific addresses, and often give a neighborhood and sometimes even populations that do not correspond to that of the person navigating with that address.
This is because the address that is actually registered in your IP is that of the provider with whom you have contracted your Internet rate. When you connect, your provider assigns you one of their internal IP addresses, and since they are theirs, it is their postal address that will appear on the pages when you search for geolocation.
This means that if your IPS has the offices in your same city, when you go to one of these pages it will appear which is the city in which you live, but they will not show the street in which your house is or the portal number. In addition, if you live in a small population or with your IPS offices outside, the geolocation of the IP will show a different population.
Be that as it may, with how big the Internet is and the billions of people who come in daily, the country from which you navigate, the province from which you do it and even your locality is still important data that you may not want that any website you visit can know.
How to geolocate an IP address
To geolocate an IP address you just have to look for pages that offer this service. Just search Google for terms such as "ip geolocation" to see several alternatives, many of which are the same that also serve to automatically know what your IP address is. We will use for example the one of InfoSniper.net for being one of the most visual and easy to use.
When you enter this page, your connection data will automatically appear. You will see that the query field is automatically filled in with your IP, and just below your geolocation appears. In addition, below this map will appear the data assigned to the IP, such as who the provider is, its host or the latitude and longitude attached to the IP.
The map that appears can be chosen from Google, Microsoft or Yahoo, and you can zoom in to see even the building registered in it. I remind you that it is not your physical location, but that of the operator that assigns you your IP.
Above the map, in the Consult field that you have automatically filled in with your IP you can enter any other public IP. By doing so, the page will show you all the information you have of the address you entered. As we have explained you may not give you the exact location, but you will know the population or province in which the owner of the IP lives.
If you want to hide your IP so that the pages you visit cannot obtain it and have information about you as your country or province, we have already told you that you can do it using proxies that allow you to navigate more anonymously. And if you want greater security, you can also use a VPN.