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You Can Now Google Your IP Address

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ANC Party Leader, Musalia Mudavadi

I have just discovered this creepy but so useful feature of Google search. If you type “IP Address”, “My IP Address” or just “My IP” on to Google Search box, you will get your IP address. Most of us now use DHCP assigned IPs and not static ones whether mobile or in cyber cafes.

There are, however, several network configurations that may cause Google to receive an IP address that differs from the one assigned to your computer. For example, if you have a home network or a corporate network, devices are usually assigned “internal” IP addresses by a Network Address Translator (NAT) located within your router or modem.

The NAT hides the internal IP addresses from websites, making the entire home network appear to outside computers to have a single, “external” IP address. In this case, we will show you the external IP address assigned to your home. Other network configurations, such as proxies, can also cause the IP address received by Google to differ from the actual IP address of your computer.

Written by Robert

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @RobertAlai or Facebook page (www.fb.com/RobertAlai).

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