We understand that the world wide web is a big, scary thing for most people, so each month we’ll try to take a word, acronym or phrase and explain to you in simple, ‘non-techie’ terms what it all means. This is DBG’s Digital Definition of the Month!
So what is an IP address? Well this is what the letters stand for:
Internet Protocol Address
An IP address is a unique string of numbers that is the ‘label’ assigned to a device such as a PC, smartphone or tablet. Your IP address is actually what allows you to send and receive data across the web!
So what does an IP address look like? It’s a set of four numbers ranging from 0-255, each of which has 1-3 digits, with a full stop separating each set of numbers. Here’s some random examples of IP addresses:
126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206
An IP address can be either static, or dynamic. A static IP address doesn’t change, and can reveal information about the computer, including the city where it is based and the internet service provider that it is using. Conversely, a dynamic IP address is temporary and a new one is assigned to a particular device each time it accesses the web.
If you’re interested in knowing what your IP address is, visit WhatIsMyIPAddress.com