In today’s modern world, social media play an important part in our everyday lives. Many people check their social media feeds daily and make posts to their profiles. Social Media has become a hugely important tool and it is used for social interaction, and also as a means of promotion and advertisement for businesses.
While 99% of the public use social media for legitimate and valid purposes, there is unfortunately that 1% that attempts to spoilt it for everyone else and cause disruption. The situation may arise where you need to track someone down and take action against their online activity – A sure fire way to do this is to find their IP Address. It is possible to track someone’s IP address using Facebook and this article explains how!
If you haven’t heard of Facebook then you must have been living in the jungle or something – Facebook is one of the most popular and influential social media platforms available today. Facebook allows individuals to connect, share information and photos, find businesses, record live content, and a whole host of other social documentation. Many people simply love Facebook and the level of interactivity and social interaction that it can facilitate.
In most cases, you may need to find someone’s IP address if they have acted in an inappropriate manner towards you or your business on Facebook – maybe they have tried to infect your browser with a virus or sent spam messages over Facebook messenger. Alternatively, they could have breached contract terms with your business or tried to sabotage your Facebook page. Whatever the reason, you may want to report them, or try to obtain an IP block so they can no longer cause issues.
It is possible to find an IP Address using the Facebook messenger/chat application. Using the command prompt tool (for Windows users) or the utility tool (for Mac users) and the netstat function, you can easily trace someone’s IP address on this social media platform. You must first establish a connection with the user – This should be an open connection, therefore, the built in Facebook chat system is the best option to use. Open a new chat window with the user and ensure that they are online. Once you have opened a chat window, keep it open, and then proceed to open the Command Prompt tool or Utility tool depending on your OS.
Once you have opened this tool simply type in “netstat –an” and press enter. Providing that you have an active connection with the end user, their IP address should then appear after a short period of time. Before executing this command, ensure that you have closed any other windows and browser sessions as other IP addresses could be returned also that could be confusing.
By obtaining the IP address, you can then do as you wish with it and even report it to Facebook if you feel that the user requires a ban or disciplinary action.
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