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    Who can actually even see your IP?

    Okay so we all know what an IP is, and that essentially it can't be traced to you or anyone specifically unless the authorities are involved and the internet provider is contacted to give the name/ address of the IP number, but how does law enforcement get the IP in the first place? From what I understand, the only way you can find out someone's IP is if you get them to click on a link, run it through a tracker, and then you'll have it. So is law enforcement able to skip that step and look straight at your IP?

    And then if the person catches wind of the investigation, they can delete the sight and just change their IP by spoofing the MAC?

    I'm trying to catch an offensive poster on my own without having to involve law enforcement, but he's deleted the site and I'm certain has changed his IP

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    If you want to know your IP go here http://www.whatismyip.com/
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    IP addresses get logged by a web site every time someone accesses a file on that site
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    Your service provider assigns you an IP and logs when it is assigned and when it is retired. That is what makes it traceable. In addition to an IP and mac address, you have what is called a 'physical address', which is the physical connection, the telephone line or wireless transceiver, which you are connected to. And of course any server you connect to knows your IP and may also log it, and the time that it accesses the server.
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