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The Myths and Truths about IP address Tracing
Many people are under the misconception that it is easy to trace the computer the physical location of an Internet IP address assigned and therefore has been to identify yourcomputer.
Is not easy, and depending on who you are, may not be possible.
An IP address or "Internet Protocol is the unique number assigned to each device as acomputer network so that no more data can be transmitted to and from the device.Just like your postal address identifies the physical location of the mailbox and lets you know your mailman, where e-mail your hand over a device that IP is to know the Internet, wherecomputers send their data intended to.
But as an IP address is a physical address, it is important to understand is that not what it actually is.
IP addresses are not assigned, where you are based, but depending on where the Internet connectivity.Address of this computer at home may be the IP that might otherwise be radically assigned your next computer next door, if you use different ISPs. Even if you use the same ISP, there are no rules or practices that would make your IP address will necessarily be "close" to each other in a different sense from that of convenience ISP.
And television dramas and movies, but somehow would have us believe that, given only an IP address of a criminalcan be found in minutes.
It is not so simple.
Publicly available information about an IP address tells you which states that the ISP address and not much else. Some information is available to stop further indicating the general area of an IP address could, but can be as general as you say is what in the country, city, or perhaps only rarely, if ever, in more detail. Services that identifies a location to place a creditspecific IP address only with publicly available information is at best misleading.
The ISP has the key. The ISP that "owns" the IP address, the computer also knows where you live. And 'here they send the bill or hook the wires. If you're on dial-up, then in connection with the phone company know which phone line you use to choose, and again the phone company knows where that line ends.
This is where the legal system comes into play. The police and the court may require appropriate for cause, or even require that information be provided. Most typically, this means that law enforcement professionals access to a judge, prove that there was no reason tobelieve that a crime was committed, as the point at which the judge issues a court order to force ISPs to release the information.
If there is no evidence that a crime was committed so in theory, even the police can not obtain the information.
It is those who may be victims of bullying and harassment online at a disadvantage. This means that as long as the activity is "legal", then there is little that can be done to trace the offender.Fortunately, in many places, instead of laws that can more directly take advantage of these situations and law enforcement to prosecute offenders and to share.
While it is certainly important to provide location information based on IP, are needed, your privacy is also a major concern. Since the IP address of your computer is readily available whenever you use the Internet do not want to find someone accidentally by adding it.
ISPs and service providers are importantGatekeeper that the protection of privacy.
The truth is that yes, actually works in an IP address that uniquely identifies a computer to connect to the Internet and this information can be used to determine the physical location, A. But the myth is that simple, and it is not. Important to prevent privacy practices ranging from making available to the public, ISPs, service providers and law enforcement in general should be involved.