IP Warlock
Your IP address
Location Ashburn, Virginia, United States

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The internet is a wonderful, magical place -- not unlike a fantasy realm. And fantasy realms are beautiful, but they can also be mysterious and confusing. The internet is no exception -- and one of its commonplace features that everyone knows about but few truly understand is the feature of the IP Address. And so, the IP Warlock (that’s me), is here to answer some of your questions about that mysterious number at the top of your screen.


Q: Thanks for answering my question, IP Warlock; I’m sure you must be a busy warlock. So, what is an IP address anyway?

A: Never too busy to answer questions about my favorite topic, which is of course IP addresses. Your IP (or Internet Protocol) Address is a numerical identification code that is assigned to a machine using the Internet Protocol communications protocol while “surfing the web”. When you try to access your favorite website, which let’s say is https://ipwarlock.com, you will communicate with that site using your identifying IP address! This allows for a transfer of information between the two sites and facilitates other services such as firewalls, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol, which includes service like Skype or Google Hangouts), and important diagnostic tools that can keep you safe while enjoying quality content on your favorite websites.

Q: Wow, that does sound important! How is your IP address determined? Will I have the same IP address forever?

A: Your IP address is a number assigned to a specific machine for its internet use. Your IP address is not something tagged on your forehead at birth, but instead a facilitatory tool used for the sharing of information. While IP addresses can be tracked after the fact, all it will reveal is what specific computer accessed what specific site in what location, not your name or home address.

Q: Is there any way I can change, mask, or distort my IP address?

A:There are many options for modifying or disguising your IP address. The most common are Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Proxy Servers.