Can someone track my IP address?

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Now my machine's address is 192.168.x.x. Can I be traced using my machines IP address or IPv4 address. Like if I tell you my machines address which is 192.168.x.x. Can you trace me?

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  • ToddN2000
    What do you mean trace? Find your your physical location or what you have been looking at on the net ? The average user, most likely not. There are sites that can give you a general location like this one
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Depends whom did you tell your IP. But yes, it can be traceable if you disclose your ip to an unknown person. But in your company it is so easy to monitor what you do when you surf internet. But why are you asking this question? Did you feel someone is trying to trace you? If yes, what symptoms are there. Please back with more details.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    An internal IP address is a little more difficult to trace. However, if you're concerned about being discovered, then asking about it online is certainly a good way to be exposed if/when forensics investigators get involved.
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  • TheRealRaven
    At the moment, my IP address is 192.168.11.10. I don't mind at all giving it out since essentially nothing can be done with it. An address beginning with "192.168" is practically meaningless on the Internet because it's likely to be duplicated by hundreds or thousands of others, even by others with the same ISP (especially in a case similar to mine).

    Further, there's a good chance that if I look again in the next few days, this system's address will be different. That's because many "192.168" addresses are 'dynamic'; they are assigned when the system first attempts to contact the network.

    However, unless it's a business address or similar, there's only very rarely any reason simply to give out your address. Your ISP might need to ask when they're troubleshooting circuits to your home or office. And in many ways, that's about it.

    A business might want to distribute its address to partner businesses so that two-way transaction connections are possible. Usually in such cases, the address isn't exactly to a "system", but perhaps rather to a VPN appliance or some intermediate device.

    Also, an "address" may be less likely than a 'host name' that gets automatically translated into an address behind the scenes. For any Internet host name, you can easily determine its address simply by looking at the output of a simple ping command (or various other commands).

    But most of that has little relevance to "tracking". Without knowing what you mean by it, there is no good answer. What exactly are you thinking might happen if, for example, you tell me your IP address? (That is, the address that you see today.)
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