An IP address or “Internet Protocol” address is the ubiquitous part of any online experience. Fundamentally, IP addresses are unique online identifiers. Every computer has its own IP address through which it communicates with other computers and shares information. This revolutionary communication protocol was invented by Robert Elliot Kahn (Bob Kahn), who is an American electrical engineer, together with Vint Cerf.
Though IP addresses are crucial for all web-based activities, many internet users don’t know their computers’ IP addresses and the importance of knowing it. If you too belong to this league, just keep on reading to understand how you can find out your IP address and why you must know it.
Find your IP address
Windows: If you’re using Windows, go to the Start Menu and click on Run. Then type “cmd” in the box and hit the “OK” button. Then type “ipconfig” at the prompt and your IP address’s information will be displayed.
Linux: If you have a Linux system, you can find out your IP address at the prompt by typing “ifconfig” into it.
Macintosh: If you’re using a Mac system, open up the Terminal program and type “ifconfig” at the prompt and your IP address will be displayed. You can find the Terminal program in Applications, under the Utilities folder.
Knowing your IP address would help you in the following ways:
If you don’t know your IP address, won’t you say it’s time to know it?