In Pictures: Can your IP address give away your identity?

Can hackers, stalkers, criminals, and other Internet users track you down by your Internet Protocol (IP) address?

Don’t mess with Doe In this example, John Doe has a professional website, which collects and stores the IP addresses of visitors who interact with the site. An angry, anonymous individual left a libelous comment on his site, which can be deleted, but the damage is already done. A lawsuit for libel is very expensive and time-consuming. So Doe decides to locate the individual himself and attempt to resolve the issue. From the IP address alone, Doe can collect the following information:

Country: United States

Region: California

City: Mountain View

Postal Code: 94043

Latitude/Longitude: 37.419201 / -122.057404

Area Code: 650

ISP: YouTube

Organization: YouTube

Host Name:

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