BY ABBEY SEMUWEMBA
An IP address stands for Internet Protocol and is the number assigned to a network equipped piece of hardware by which other devices identify it. You should never confuse an IP address with the URL of a website. IP addresses are different for different websites.These IP addresses can even be hacked and that is why you must try to make your IP as secure as possible in order to prevent it from getting tracked.Your IP address reveals your point of entry to the Internet and can be used in many ways to cause your online activities many, many problems. It may not reveal you by name, but it may be uniquely identifiable and it represents your digital ID while you are online (especially so if you’re on a fixed IP / DSL etc).
“Tracing” an IP address would require you to use a 3rd party site, as Facebook doesn’t allow you to view any IP addresses other than the ones used when accessing your own account. So, users such as Tom Voltaire Okwalinga cannot be traced on Facebook that way. But this can be done mainly through charts. So, avoid charting with someone you are suspicious of or someone you don’t know very well. As long as you have not revealed your location in ‘settings’, none of the users knows your location.Obviously, Facebook knows your location.
The only time it is acceptable for an IP to be obtained through Facebook is when it is requested by law enforcement, and only the law enforcement representative will be provided with the information, which they may use as they deem necessary in an investigation. But again as has been proved in British courts of law: obtaining the required legal order to force an ISP to identify a customer from an IP address isn’t difficult, but proving beyond reasonable doubt that it was the same customer breaking the law certainly is.
You also have the option of changing the IP address of your internet connection by contacting your service provider, as they’re the ones who exert control over this. Do this if you think that someone is on to you! Its as easy as eating ice-cream.
Another thing that can secure your IP address is if you do not allow cookies in your computer, as cookies are something that can be used to track a computer. So for this purpose, you need to go to your browser settings and turn off the cookies option, or delete them once you are done browsing or surfing the internet. The problem is that Facebook wont allow you to access their site, because its through cookies and other software that Facebook gets to know everything you have been doing while online.