How to find your IP address
Depending on your Internet provider, your IP address can change from time to time. There are a couple of different ways to check, but this is the best way I know to see your IP address.
(Note: This walkthrough is for Windows XP. If you have Vista, the procedure will be slightly different. If you have a Mac, you're out of luck. Sorry.)
To start with, you want to go to your Control Panel. Bring it up from the Start menu.
Next, you want to bring up your Network Connections. If you have the classic layout, it should be right there on the menu.
In the new layout, it's under the Network and Internet Connections task.
Once you've opened Network Connections, you'll see a window kind of like this:
Right click on the active connection (usually it's the Local Area Connection on the top left) and choose Status. A new window will pop up. Click the Support tab and you'll see a few stats about your connection. Your IP address is listed here.
That should do it. There are also proxy servers that you can use to hide your IP address from others, but that's a whole different lesson.
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