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What is an IP address?

An IP address is a unique string of numbers given to every device, whether that’s a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or a PC, that is connected to the internet.

You might see an IP address written like this: 99.174.44.142.

The number is used to help identify and locate a device when it is online.

IP addresses are publicly available and can be used to identify a machine, its general location and which ISP supplies its connection, but it doesn’t include any personal details about the user.

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