What is a WHOIS Search?
A WHOIS search provides information about a certain domain name such as whatismyip.network. The info you obtain includes domain ownership, when and where the domain was registered, and its expiry date. A WHOIS search can give you insight about the domain’s name servers (DNS). It can also tell you if the domain is locked or not.
Besides technical information, a WHOIS search also provides contact details such as the name of the owner of a certain site, his/her, address, email, and phone number. This info can be used to identify the owner of a website for various needs such as :
- DMCA notices
- Request for removal of personal information
- Contacting the owner if there is no information on how to do so on the website
- Identifying people who try to hide their identity online for various purposes.
How to Trace IP Addresses?
You can trace the IP address of emails you receive, chat messages, and websites you visit. Tracing an IP address of an email message, for example, helps you determine were the email message was sent from. The IP address of an email message can be found the email’s header. If you want to trace a website’s IP address, follow these steps:
- If you are on a PC, open the program “Command Prompt“.
- If you are on a Mac, open the program “Terminal” found in the folder Applications > Utilities.
- Write the name of the website you wish to trace and hit enter.
The ping result will show you the IP address of the website you are pinging.
How to Get The IP Info?
Once you have obtained the IP address of the email message, copy and paste it into the search box above. You can get info on where the email was sent from and possibly who sent it. In the case of Gmail, you will not be able to get the real IP address of the sender if he/she use sent you the email via a web browser since Google actively hides the sender’s IP address in that case. If the sender is using an email client such as Apple Mail, Outlook, or Thunderbird, you will be might be to find their real IP address.
How to Check Hosting of a Website?
If you enter the IP address of a website in the search box above, you will be presented with info related to the hosting provider of that site, as long as the user is not hiding behind a WHOIS protection. In that case you need to contact the hosting provider of that IP asking them to reveal the identity of the owner of the IP.