IP Tracking

How Accurate Is Geolocation IP Tracking?

by Radhe Gupta

Geolocation tracking is one of the largest conversations happening right now in the tech world.  Is the information this tracking puts out accurate?  How much of a threat is it to the average internet user?  

These are the top things to know about geolocation IP tracking and what you should know to be prepared.

What is Geolocation IP Tracking?

Geolocation IP tracking allows you to look up the nearest server or location to a user on the internet.  It does this using the information from their IP address and if that person’s location changes.

Generally, it tracks to the closest server, but if you tend to move around in a location and use many different wifi or internet servers and services, you could be easier to track and narrow down.

How Accurate is This Information?

If you’ve run an IP address lookup on yourself, you may notice that it doesn’t get your exact city, even though it gets your internet service provider correct.  The average IP geolocation data is only around 55% to 80% accurate.  This will vary between users, internet service providers, locations, and more.  

Of course, it’s easier to track someone in a less densely populated area, and it’s also easier if they have poor internet hygiene and don’t protect their information proactively.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Information?

The best way to protect your information is to stop and look at what you could be doing wrong.  Do you open spam emails even though you know they’re not legitimate?  Do you click links you shouldn’t?  Do you respond to messages, DMs, texts, or emails to people you don’t know?

This could all be giving away your information even if you’re not trying to.  The best way to protect yourself is to get a VPN and be careful about your online behavior.  Watch who you interact with and how, and pay attention to what websites you visit.

What Could Be Done if Someone Gets It?

If someone gains access to your location, they can use it to steal your identity, harass you online, get you in legal hot water, or even frame you for cyber crimes.  It’s vital that you take this seriously and protect yourself.

When Might it Be Useful to Keep it Visible?

One of the most common types of IP address monitoring in modern days is done by employers.  They track to ensure they know where you are and that you’re not lying about living locally while living somewhere else entirely.

It’s also a good idea to keep it visible if you’re on parole or you’ve agreed to it via a court hearing.  Although this doesn’t affect nearly as many people, there are some who aren’t allowed to use a VPN.

Geolocation IP Tracking Doesn’t Have to be Scary!

Although its name and abilities can be terrifying, it’s important to stop and think about what geolocation IP tracking can actually do.  It can only offer fifty to seventy-five percent accuracy, and most people will never have it used against them.  Although it’s important to be safe, it’s also vital that you don’t let yourself get too scared over the possibility of it being used against you. 

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