There are many different forms of online communication, each of which generally requires an IP address. An IP Address acts like your digital zip code and allows other devices to establish a connection with your own device and to transfer data and messages. Without an IP address, communication across the internet would be virtually impossible – How would networks and data exchanges know where to send data?
IP Addresses are also highly important for instant messaging programs such as Skype and allow users to chat even though they are thousands of miles apart at the opposite ends of the world for example. There may be an instance where you need to find someone’s IP Address while using Skype – How can you do this? Why would you need to do this? What could you then do when you obtain that IP Address?
Skype was developed by Microsoft and is a messaging and telecom program – using Skype you can instigate phone calls, videos calls, and instant message with your contacts. Skype is used worldwide by millions of people and businesses and is a primary source of online communication. The instant messaging service of Skype is free to use, but to make phone and video calls, payment is required.
Maybe you are just curious and want to know what part of the world someone is contacting you from? Maybe the user has wronged you in some way? Maybe they have sent you indecent messages or attempted to hack your device? Maybe you need their IP address to facilitate some other form of communication or allow them access to your network? Whatever the reason, it is possible and the below is a short guide on how to achieve this:
Tracing an IP address requires a user to be online – If you want to trace an IP address, you must first add the user to your contact list – If you know their username you can simply add them to your contacts. Once they are in your contact list, you must then ensure that they are online – If you look at their name in your contact list, there should be a green dot next to their username, or it will physically say that they are online.
When the user is online, you can then use an online Skype resolver tool such as Hanz Resolver V2. This is the only way of obtaining a Skype user’s IP address but providing they are online, it will always work. A resolver tool will usually require you to submit the person’s username – you can find their username from your contacts list. Once you have submitted their username, the tool will then perform background functions and eventually return their IP address.
If you wish, you can then use a geo-location tool to trace the physical location of the user and see where the device that person is using originates from. Sometimes the resolver tool may return an error or an IP address that doesn’t look right – You can always check the IP address by using one of the available online checking tools such as what is my IP.
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