What are the IP Numbers in My Stats?

What is an IP address?

Each computer connected to the internet has an IP address. It's rather like a telephone number and we can use it to track who is viewing your profile and where they are viewing your profile from. Some IP addresses resolve to large institutions (such as universities, or companies) so views from the same IP address need not come from the same user.

How can I use this information?

By displaying the IP addresses we enable you to distinguish between different users viewing your profile.

IP addresses can be resolved (or looked up) using free services such as http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ or http://www.hostip.info/. Looking up an IP address gives you an idea of where the user is connecting to the internet from. It's not an exact science, so we suggest you only use the IP to distinguish different viewers and not to try and establish exactly who has been viewing you.

Am I being stalked?

Most of your unregistered views will come from bots (short for robots) they are computer programs which constantly scan the internet indexing information for search engines. In the West, the most common bots are Google, Yahoo, Bing and now Facebook. If you get views regularly from IP numbers located on another continent, chances are your profile is being visited by an automated bot that is gathering information for search engines.

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