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Trace your IP

Tracing your IP and the hops made is easy. Remember this is different from finding your IP address. You can easily get your IP address by simply running the ‘ping’ command. This tutorial will show you the geographical locations travelled by the data between your system and some remote address.

What is an IP address?

An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is usually a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication.

How to trace your IP?

 

Windows

  • Press Win + R', the Run Dialog box opens
  • Type ‘cmd’ and press Enter

    cmd
  • Type tracert www.google.com (or any other site)
    You will find many entries with their respective IP addresses. These actually denote the path travelled by the packets of data between your machine and
    www.google.com (or any other site)

    tracert

        I have blurred some data to protect my privacy.

 

Unix/Linux

  • First let me admit, this method is way cooler, the details provided are also great
  • Fire a Terminal
  • Type: traceroute www.google.com (or any other site) and press Enter. You will see the list of hops made by the packet here as well.

 

What are these addresses?

They are steps data has to travel while going from your computer to the website you wish to. This is how it works.

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Showing above is a trace map. It starts from India (1to 5) –> then to Europe, North America , Africa(??)…whatever where the remote website is located or hosted, it doesn’t make much sense to route that so much but anyway this is how it works.

Note that this tracemap is difficult to get automatically and most of the software are paid versions, so you have to manually find that following the simple procedure below.

Ok so now that you have the list of addresses listed in number 1 to a maximum of 30 or 32 hops. All you need to do is to go to this site : http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip-lookup

Now just type in the addresses one by one and you end up with a link map.

I’ll show you one example :

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Make a list and create your trace map and you are done. Have a nice time and enjoy!

Sarthak Ganguly

 

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