Importance of IP addresses

Whenever a casual PC user comes across the vast world of internet, he/she often hears a set of specific terms such as “servers, IP addresses, proxy servers, VPNs” etc. But the real question sometimes baffles even the ones managing things right behind the curtain. IP addresses have been around ever since the genesis of internet took place.
Although, back in the early stages, internet was just a mere reflection of what it has become today. IP addresses have been serving the same purpose throughout the advent of internet services and their advancements. But before we march towards the importance of this commonly used term, let’s just know what on Earth is an IP address?

IP Address
An Internet Protocol Address or an IP Address can be defined as a unique address of the system which is a part of a global or even a smaller network. In other words, it is just like a real address of your own house, the difference however is that the house here is your PC.
Much like a real address, the IP address also enables the transfer of messages to and from your PC to other PCs connected through a network. This unique identifier acts like a fingerprint for your PC which also enables to track it down in case of a malicious activity. IP addresses are unique however, there are some cases where these IP addresses are shared among several users and their respective websites, following are the possible reasons and their drawbacks.

Reasons
1. Low Budget
Setting up an independent server for one’s own domain could be a hassle for a few individuals. As per the price tag of a given server is concerned that is actually quite high. To tackle this problem, most common users generally switch to shared domains which provide one IP address to hundreds or even thousands of websites.

2. Technical Know How
Many a times users desperately want to come across the world of big startups and businesses but the problem which they usually face is their own limited knowledge towards the specific world of internet. And that’s where things start to turn around in a loop hence going back to the first point which has been mentioned above.