What is an IP address? An Internet Protocol address (also known as an IP address) is a unique string of numbers generated by a given computer on an internet network. A computer may have either a fixed or static IP address. A fixed IP address remains the same while a static one will change periodically, sometimes each time a given computer connects to the internet.
What does an IP address do? An IP address can help identify a certain computer by way of its unique footprint that each internet-connected device generates while online. It can locate a computer geographically and therefore help webmasters track or ban certain visitors, and assist law enforcement officials determine the source of illegal activity online. Knowing an IP address can also help diagnose and fix internet connection problems and router issues.
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