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How to Find Out Someone's IP Address

Finding out someone's IP address is like finding their phone number, an IP address can be used to find the general location where that person lives. Sometimes its necessary to find out an IP address in order to report an Internet crime such as stalking or harrassment.

The best way to find out someone's IP address is by using an instant messaging program such as MSN Messenger or AIM since this opens up a direct line of communication between the two computers. It only takes a few easy steps to track an IP address after opening communication.

Chat with the person on MSN Messenger.

Click "Start" on your computer.

Click "Run" box.

Type in "cmd" or "command." Press "Enter" on your keyboard.

Type "netstat" into the Command Screen.

The IP address of the person you are chatting with will come up.

Chat with the person on AIM and open a direct connection.

Click "Start" on your computer.

Click "Run" box.

Type in "cmd" or "command." Press "Enter" on your keyboard.

Type "netstat" into the Command Screen.

Look for Port 4443 which is AIM default direct connection. The IP address of the person you are chatting with will come up. If 4443 doesn't come up, look for a port with a similar number.

Warning

Never give your IP address out to strangers, it can open your computer up to pirating and identity theft. When using AIM, only open a direct connection with someone you trust for this can make your computer vulnerable too.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet Connection
  • MSN Messenger or AIM
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About the Author

Joanne Mendes has been professionally writing since 2007 and began specializing in education topics in 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree from Chatham University.