What is My IP Address?
Your IP address is 126.96.36.199
WHOIS Information for 188.8.131.52:
Your current IP address is 184.108.40.206. Let me explain that to you.
There is nothing mysterious or secret about an IP (Internet Protocol) address. It's how computers find and address each other. They're not real big on words.
The domain names that you're accustomed to typing into a Web browser are for the convenience of humans. They're more descriptive and easier to remember than numbers. The Domain Name System (DNS) keeps track of which IP addresses those publicly-accessible domains resolve to.
IP Version 4 (IPv4) IP addresses consist of four octets of three digits each, ranging from 0 to 255. IP Version 6 (IPv6)IP addresses consist of eight 4-character hexadecimal numbers. What happened to IP Version 5, you ask? It was experimental and never became an official protocol.
The reason the Internet is moving from IPv4 to IPv6 is because of mathematical limitations to the IPv4 system, coupled with the dramatic increase in the number of always-on Internet connections, both stationary and mobile. Back in the olden times of the Internet, we connected using phone modems. When we terminated the connection, the IP address we were using was returned to the ISP's pool and made available for another user.
Nowadays, billions of devices have (and require) always-on Internet connections. That would have been impossible to do given the mathematical limitations of IPv4.
If this page is displaying a WHOIS result, it means we were also able to identify the party that owns and is responsible for your IP address. This can be useful for many reasons, one of the most common of which is to notify a server administrator that someone on their service is sending out spam.