Who can see and track my IP address?

When you send emails, post on web forums, use instant messengers or access any online services – your computer’s IP is logged by the computer receiving your communication requests. This is an essential step that cannot be avoided and contributes to various technical, security, and privacy aspects.

Depending on the computer and the software that you are using remotely by connecting to the destination computer, your IP address is logged for various purposes such as basic statistical information, security provisions, and sometimes for malicious purposes.

Your IP address is also tracked by advertising networks, websites, internet appliances, your ISP provider, and so on. Generally, disclosing your IP address does not represent a security issue since an IP address does not point to any specific geographic location or a person. However, if your computer is connected to a public network, it can be vulnerable to attacks, which could be based on your broadcasted IP address.