How do IP address trackers work?

The primary purpose of IP tracking is to identify an IP address when a device connects to a network or another device. Without this information, a network or a remote device that receives a connection request would not be able to communicate with the connecting device.

How IP trackers work

The IP address tracking can occur in different ways, which depends on the purpose of the tracking. For example when a mobile device such as an Android phone connects to a home appliance via a WiFi connection, the appliance receives the connecting device IP via a TCP or UDP protocol which allows the appliance to reply back to the requests sent from the mobile phone device.

TraceMyIP on the other hand, is used to detect and track the IP addresses of devices that connect to a web server that hosts a website content. This type of IP address tracking allows for gathering of website statistics that allows the web publishers to gain more insight on how their websites are used and measure popularity of their content, while monitoring individual machines activity.

IP address tracking by itself does not reveal an individual person’s private information. To get an information about the actual person that uses a particular IP address, a police warrant and a valid case are required. ISP providers do protect the private information that belongs to each IP address, therefore even though the IP addresses are easy to capture, they do not lead to any further personal data exposure unless a legal authority initiates a research.

How does an IP tracking work when an IP tracker is installed on a website? The concept is quite simple. A webmaster installs a code snippet as provided by TraceMyIP. This code contains a link to a tracker file located on TraceMyIP servers. When a visitor loads a webpage containing the tracker code, the visitor’s browser loads the tracker file, allowing TraceMyIP to simultaneous provide the visitor with information, such as a basic website statistics (such as a number of visitors that have been to the website) and at the same time allowing TraceMyIP to record the visitor’s IP address. Along with the IP address, the tracker software can also record which pages the visitor has viewed, the visitor’s browser information and the referring document that led the visitor to the current page.

The information recorded by TraceMyIP is further processed by the software and organized into a readable format, which is later stored in a database. When a web publishers log in to their TraceMyIP account, they’re are able to access the information from the database, allowing them go back in time and analyze all website activity captured.

Website visitor trackers are very useful tools that allow web publishers to save time and optimize their website development efforts. The trackers do not facilitate an illegal activity. Furthermore, these trackers allow to prevent illegal activity by notifying people who publish website content of a suspicious activity and even stalking. Many TraceMyIP users enjoy the ability to monitor individual visitor activity and reinforce the security of their web content.

Website visitor trackers are also an excellent tool to detect web bot activity and allow web publishers to take appropriate measures to control how their websites are indexed by the bots.