What’s an IP address?
An IP address is a unique string of numbers that identifies each device — computers, printers and tablets — on the Internet and allows them to communicate with one another. Like your home address, which is where you receive snail mail, your IP address is where you receive email and other digital information.
What countries have IP addresses?
Because IP addresses are assigned to computers and other devices that communicate online, all countries that use the Internet have IP addresses. By far the country with the largest number of IP addresses is the United States at an estimated 1.6 trillion IP addresses. China is a distant second at an estimated 326 million IP addresses.
The country with the fewest IP addresses? The four volcanic islands that make up the Pitcairn Islands at a mere four IP addresses.
The US is the IP address giant at an estimated 1,597,103,581 IP addresses, dwarfing our total estimated population of 325,642,573. That’s more than four IP addresses assigned for every single American.
Compare that to China, the country with the second-largest number of IP addresses at 337,873,910. It’s estimated that a whopping 1,386,148,595 people live in China — which calculates to under a quarter of the population even using the Internet.
Want to hide your IP? Get a VPN
A virtual private network (VPN) is a way to hide your IP address to protect your identity, country of residence or sensitive data. With a VPN, you connect your computer, tablet or other device to the Internet through a server owned by your VPN provider, allowing you to browse privately without the worry of phishers or hackers.