Trace the IP Address of an Email or Website
Edited by Jay, Maria Quinney, Visihow Admin
We all receive an odd or suspicious looking email from time-to-time. For whatever reason, it managed to bypass the spam filters and ended up directly in our inbox. Most of the time people delete it without raising an eyebrow. However, if you're of the curious nature and would like to investigate a little further, you can always find the IP address by looking into the header information of the email itself. An IP address is a string of numbers linked to a router that's connected to the internet. Think of it as a phone number that is assigned to a mobile device. Once you've got an IP address, you can then do a bit of additional snooping and find out where that IP is geographically located. Although it may only give you the location of the email server it originated from, this can still come in handy because in most cases, the server is relatively close to the original sender.
The same thing goes for a website. That is, you can trace the IP address of the servers the site is hosted on. So, if you're receiving odd looking links and want to know just where these sites are hosted; you can do a quick search right from Windows' command prompt. You can also do a quick check into who registered the domain of a website. If you're unsure of the legitimacy of a particular site, a quick Whois search can provide quite a bit of useful information.
In the following VisiHow tutorial, we're going to take you through the steps on how to locate the header of an email for; Gmail, Outlook (Hotmail), and Mail.com. We'll then show how to pull the IP address from the header to search for its location. Also, we'll show a simple way to use the command prompt in Windows 10 (any version of Windows will work) to find the IP address of a website. And finally, we're going to show how to perform a Whois lookup to see who registered the domain of a site.
Please remember that in some cases, a user can be connected to a VPN. In this case, the IP address could be from some other country instead of their own. Another thing to consider is that when someone is using a free email provider such as Gmail, the server could be located in another country.
- 1 Locate Email Header in Gmail
- 2 Locate Email Header for Mail.com
- 3 Locate Email Header in Outlook (Hotmail)
- 4 Trace IP Address Info from an Email Header
- 5 Find IP Address of a Website with Windows' Command Prompt
- 6 Perform Whois lookup for a Domain
- 7 Questions and Answers
- 8 Comments
- 9 User Reviews
Locate Email Header in Gmail
Locate Email Header for Mail.com
Locate Email Header in Outlook (Hotmail)
Trace IP Address Info from an Email Header
- 1Go to whatismyip.com and click "IP Tools" from the bottom menu.
Find IP Address of a Website with Windows' Command Prompt
- 4Now that you have the website's IP address, visit ip-tracker.com. Next, paste or type the IP address into the red box, then click the "Trace IP With IP Tracker" button.
Perform Whois lookup for a Domain
If a website looks a bit sketchy or you're unsure of its legitimacy, perform a quick whois search for more information. An actual company or individual should register a website/domain with real contact information.
- 1Visit whois.com and type the name of the website into the search box.
- 2When the search results return, you'll see a variety of contact information for each section (domain information, registrant contact, administrative contact, technical contact) including email addresses and phone numbers.
Questions and Answers
How can one pull out the actual sender's IP address from the email header?
I pulled out an IP address from the email header and it turns out that it was the website server's IP. . So is it possible to get the actual IP Address of the sender
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