IP Address Geolocation
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FAQs about IP Geolocation Lookup
An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device connected to a computer network. This numerical label is used to identify these devices, allowing for direct communication.
An IP Lookup API provides various locality data, network details and IP security reports of an IP address. Most freely available IP lookup services use free Internet Registry data (WHOIS) to identify the location of an IP address, hence they are very unreliable. However, BigDataCloud uses its own proprietary data, along with free data, to identify the location of an IP address. For more details about BigDataCloud's patent-pending technology, check out our blog post - IP Geolocation Demystified or visit BigDataCloud's IP Geolocation API page to get started.
An IP address by default doesn't contain any location data. Hence, determining your location through your IP address involves combining available data sources with sophisticated algorithms and making the best approximation possible. For example, if you are using a VPN, proxy, or cellular network, the likelihood of an incorrect location being determined is higher compared to other circumstances. To learn more about the IP Lookup method, check out our blog post - How accurate can IP Geolocation get?
If you are an individual then you can share your location by clicking on the 'Share my location' button above. However, if you are an Internet Service provider or a hosting company then you can check our best practice checklist.
In most online frauds hackers use proxies, VPNs, Tor servers or other hosting services to hide their real IP addresses. BigDataCloud’s IP geolocation uses its proprietary technology to identify such IP addresses and networks to highlight the level of security threat. You can learn more about the topic in our blog post - Identifying anonymous IP addresses to detect online fraud.
The registered country is the location where the IP address is officially registered. The location from IP geolocation, however, is the region where the IP address is actively being operated. It is common for ISPs to use the IP address which has been registered in different countries.
The hosting likelihood is an estimation of the probability that you are currently using proxies, VPNs, Tor networks or hosted servers to surf the internet. It can be used to identify bot or proxy traffic that intend to carry out malicious operations.
You can hide your IP address by using proxies, VPNs or Tor servers. Some of these are safe while others possess some security risks. You can learn more about the topic in our blog post - Identifying anonymous IP addresses to detect online fraud.
An IP address is assigned dynamically or statically from your ISP providers. If it is static, you will need to reach out to your ISPs to change your IP address. If it is dynamic, which is the case of the majority of home internet providers, then it will depend on their policy.
The ‘confidence’ value is determined to reflect the overall data quality measure, suggesting the IP geolocation quality. It has three values: Low Quality, Medium Quality and High Quality. However, please note that a low confidence value does not necessarily reflect the IP Geolocation accuracy. It can still be very accurate. But, the medium-high values are likely to indicate a higher accuracy or more reliable IP Geolocation estimation. Please check out the FAQ article for more detailed explanation.