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What is an IP Address?

Internet Protocol Addresses or IP Addresses are identifiers that allow information to be exchanged between network devices; they contain location information for online connections.

IP addresses are like membership cards for access to the internet, so every time you click on something online, you leave a digital footprint.

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What is a Public IP address?

A public IP address is one your home or business router obtains from your ISP to establish an internet connection. This IP address is required for publicly accessible network devices, such as a home router and a server hosting website.

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What is IPv4 Address

Currently, IPv4 is the most widely used version of the Internet Protocol. Connecting to an IPv4 server, you will be assigned an IPv4 address, which is used to identify internet-connected devices.

As seen below, IPv4 addresses are in decimal and 32-bit format:

x.x.x.x (where “x” can be any value from 0 to 255).

Your IP Address Reveals More Than You Think!

Worried about your online privacy? This is what your IP address can give away about you.

IP Address Location

When you use the internet without a VPN, your IP address can pinpoint your exact location.

Internet Activities

You leave digital traces on every website you visit while surfing online without a VPN.

Buying Behavior

Apart from identifying which demographic you fall in, your buying behavior can also be traced.

Browsing History

Your ISP can monitor your browsing history on the internet using the assigned public IP address.

Difference Between IPv4 and IPv6 Address

IP addresses are used to identify and communicate with one another. IPv4 and IPv6 are the most common types of IP addresses.

IPv4 Address

It has a 32-bit address length.
IPv4 offers 5 classes of IP Addresses ranging from Class A to E.
IPv4 has 4.3 billion addresses.
IPv4 is made up of digits from 0 to 255.
IPv4 supports multicast, broadcast, and unicast addresses.
It cannot connect to IPv6-only devices.

IPv6 Address

It has a 128-bit address length.
IPv6 can store an unlimited number of IP Addresses.
IPv6 has over 340 undecillion addresses.
IPv6 is comparatively more complex featuring digits as well as hexadecimal.
IPv6 supports anycast, unicast and multicast types of addresses.
It cannot connect to IPv4-only devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions? We’ve got all your answers here.

IPv6 is more advanced and has better features compared to IPv4. IPv6 can provide an unlimited number of addresses. It is replacing IPv4 to accommodate the growing number of networks worldwide and help solve the IP address exhaustion problem.

IPv4 offers more efficient packet processing in comparison with IPv6. It contains no IP-level checksum, so the checksum does not have to be calculated at every router hop.

IPv6 addresses are over 128 bits long with 8 fields called octets, each 16-bits long. IPv4, on the other hand, does not support authentication or encryption and has 4 octets long addresses written in decimal format.

IPv6 is preferable for gaming. Aside from the possibility of getting better speeds, an IPv6 address will give you a better speed and your public IP address without having to use port forwarding.

Most VPNs don’t support IPv6 and rely majorly on IPv4 instead. DarkMatter offers IPv6 leak protection, which disables IPv6 automatically, so you don’t need to configure anything. Even if your device uses IPv6, your traffic will still be protected as it is redirected through an encrypted VPN tunnel and your IP address is hidden.