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How to Find Someone with an IP Address

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Trying to find the owner of an IP address? Whether you get the IP address from the email header, a social media site, or instant messages, you can use that piece of information to dig out more details about the owner.

This article explains how to find someone with an IP address and some other methods you can try to track down someone online.

What is an IP Address

An IP address, short for Internet Protocol address, is simply a special number assigned to network devices. Similar to a home or business address, it’s your virtual address and allows your computer to be identified by other computers connected on the web via the Internet protocol.

Most IP addresses look like this:

123.456.78.910

You can find your IP address easily by visiting a third-party IP address identification website such as WhatIsMyIPAddress.

How to Find Someone Someone Online?

1. Use an IP Address Identification Tool

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) assign IP addresses to an owner and they usually keep logs of that. The owner may be an individual or an organization.

If the IP address you have is owned by a corporation, you can use the WHOIS database to look up the owner – this might display who owns the IP address and other information such as a contact number, a list of other IP addresses belonging to the same owner, and dates of registration.

For example, if you look up the 216.58.194.78 IP address, you’ll find out the owner is Google.

While most websites don’t conceal their ownership, some hide their contact information and name. In this case, you can contact their network system administrator for more information.

If the IP address belongs to a private user, things could be tricky. While IP addresses are filed away somewhere with identifiable information attached to them, without a police warrant or any legal document, ISPs won’t turn over any information.

So if you know someone’s IP address, there’s little chance you can use it to find the owner. In this case, a better way to track the person is to look up other information you know about the owner with a people search engine.

2. Try a People Search Engine

People search engines are designed specifically to find people-related information. They allow you to find information linked to someone using some other information you know about them.

Reverse username lookup

For example, if you know the person’s social media account name, you can enter their username and look up information associated with the owner with Social Catfish.

Socail Catfish is a powerful online investigation service that has the most comprehensive collection of social media data. The report you get may contain information such as the person’s known locations, friends and families, phone numbers, social media profiles, and more.

Read More: How to find someone by username

Reverse email lookup

If you know the person’s IP address from the email header and you want to know if it’s a spammer, you can also run a reverse email lookup with BeenVerified:

BeenVerified is the best people search tool on the market. It allows you to find comprehensive background details on someone using just an email address.

The report you get might display the possible owner’s name, phone number, social media profiles, address history, education, public records and more.

Read More: How to find someone by email

Final thoughts

If you’re trying to reach a business, enter the IP address on ARIN WHOIS to view ownership. If you’re trying to locate someone with an IP address, knowning that IPSs won’t just show you the person’s name and contact infor without a warrant. In this case, you can instead run a reverse lookup with a people search tool like BeenVerified.

By Ellie Zhuang

Content crafter at Super Easy. Ellie is a foodie at heart who also happens to be an extreme couponer. She enjoys discovering new and helpful coupon tips and tricks.In addition to writing for Super Easy, she also posts technical guides, tips, and how-tos at Driver Easy.

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