What is my IP address? A new ExpressVPN privacy checker reveals all

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What is my IP address?

Do you know your IP address? It’s very easy to see, in fact, your IP address is broadcasting to the entire internet, right now.

Which is why ExpressVPN has launched a new What is my IP service, an online privacy and security checker you can quickly fire up to check your VPN is working—and you’re protected.

What is my IP?

If you’re currently browsing without protection, seeing all that info can be pretty scary, huh? But there’s an easy fix, and ExpressVPN has a ready-made solution for you!

What’s in an IP address?

Your IP address reveals some in depth information about you and your internet connection.

  • The location of your current device
  • Your country
  • State/Province
  • ZIP/Postal code

Web sites you visit can gather even more information. By combining your IP address with other information like geolocation APIs, WebGL, any Javascript you have running, and content filters, a website can build quite a thorough profile of you.

Your browser and browsing habits could reveal your actual address, your computer model, the OS you use, your cookies, the fonts you use, and all the websites you’ve visited.

The fact is, anyone can find your IP address, even people you chat to with Skype, Facetime, and Whatsapp.

A VPN disguises your IP address

A VPN will switch your IP address by virtually placing you in a different location. When using a VPN, your internet traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel so that no one, including your ISP, can see what you look at, or where you’re looking from.

You will appear to be in the same place as the server location. If you’re in the U.S., but connect to a UK VPN location, you will appear to be in the UK.

If you want a private and secure connection, ExpressVPN will hide your IP address. Which lets you see all the content you want while remaining anonymous.

Johnny 5 is the founding editor of the blog and writes about pressing technology issues. From important cat privacy stories to governments and corporations that overstep their boundaries, Johnny covers it all.