Find your IP Address

 

Your IP Address is 54.81.210.42

Every computer connected to the internet is allocated a unique identification number known as an IP address. This is essential to enable other computers such as web servers to send it data.

There are two types of IP address: a dynamic address, which is allocated by your internet service provider (ISP) whenever you log on and therefore will change regularly within a certain range; and a static IP address, which is allocated to you when you open an account with your ISP and never changes unless you change ISP.

If you have a static IP address the address above will never change. You may wish to make a note of it for future reference.

Why get a static IP address?

There are many benefits to be gained from using a fixed IP address. A static IP address lets you:

  • Increase FTP security if you use our servers, by allowing FTP access to registered, fixed IP addresses only.
  • Use remote access – With a static IP address you can connect to your PC no matter where you are in the world. Using programs such as Remote Administrator and PC Anywhere you can log into your work or home PC no matter where you are.
  • Receive emails direct to your PC – Using a static IP address lets you get rid of your Hotmail or Yahoo! account and set up your own email address with your choice of domain name. Again, this is especially useful if you run a small business. You will need to install specific mail server software to do this, but there are free programs available.
  • Run an FTP server – File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an efficient and reliable way to transfer data from one computer to another, and you can send larger files this way than you can by email. Again, specific software must be installed in order for you to set up an FTP site, but this is easy to do and free software is available online. You might want to use an FTP site to share files, such as pictures, with your friends and family, or you might use it to enhance your business. Either way, once you’ve set up the site, clients or friends just need to log in to access, edit or uploads files.
  • Run a gaming server – For all those online gaming addicts, having a static IP address means that you can take your gaming to the next level. Many online games have an option for running your own server, allowing you to select your own settings and regulate who you let into your game – so you and your friends could have a private game of Battlefield.
  • Less downtime – Each time a dynamic IP address refreshes you run the risk of downtime from the server. While this is usually only for a very short time, it can wreak havoc on your gaming.
Are there any disadvantages?

While the benefits do outweigh the problems of having a static IP address, a few issues should be noted:

  • Hacker risk – Having the same IP address all the time means that once hackers have your number they can keep on attacking. Dynamic addresses change all the time making it more difficult to get into your PC. However, using a router and firewall will help to block access to your computer.
  • Keeping your connection running – If you’re using your PC as a server to run a website, receive emails, run an FTP site or a gaming server, you need to make sure that it’s on all the time. Any time it isn’t connected to the internet will result in lost access to sites running from your server.
  • FTP security – If your clients are downloading sensitive or confidential files from your FTP site, you need to consider the security issues as files and passwords are in clear text and easier to hack.