Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: david_j_kaplan-ga
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11 Nov 2002 01:50 PST
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Question ID: 105104
I recently opened a site in order to make some software available under a free license. I rented and placed a CQ Counter on that site. (See http://cqcounter.com) It worked as advertised. Here is an example of some of the information it has collected from visitors: Time IP addr OS Browser 11/4/02 13:19 18.104.22.168 Windows NT Netscape 4 11/4/02 13:25 22.214.171.124 SunOS Netscape 6 11/4/02 15:57 126.96.36.199 MacOS MSIE 5 11/4/02 16:52 188.8.131.52 Windows 2000 / XP MSIE 5 11/5/02 13:20 172.16.16.179 Windows NT MSIE 5 11/5/02 14:16 184.108.40.206 MacOS Netscape 4 11/5/02 14:45 220.127.116.11 Windows 2000 / XP MSIE 6 11/6/02 8:14 18.104.22.168 Windows 2000 / XP Opera 6 11/6/02 16:48 22.214.171.124 Windows ME MSIE 5 11/7/02 1:37 126.96.36.199 Windows 98 MSIE 5 11/7/02 21:49 188.8.131.52 Windows 2000 / XP Netscape 7 11/8/02 15:58 184.108.40.206 Windows 2000 / XP Netscape 4 11/9/02 7:45 220.127.116.11 Windows ME MSIE 5 I want to know is what organizations are visiting the site? How do I find out?
Re: Site visitors
Answered By: till-ga on 11 Nov 2002 05:00 PST
It will not be possible to find out what organizations are visiting your site. To understand this problem you got to know some details about the conception of IP addresses. There are two ways IP addresses are assigned: a) dynamic IP addresses Usually when using a dial-up connection like AOL or MSN or similar the surfer visiting you website getīs a new IP addressee every time he dials up (and if they use proxy-servers even during one dial-up-session). What the counter "sees" then is the IP address given to the surfer by his internet-provider. So you will NOT be able to find out what organization the surfer came from. b) static IP addresses. Rather often companies or other institutions (e.g. Universities)have their own web-servers which do not require dial-up connections. These servers have static IP addresses. You can identify theses surfers very easily as they always leave the same IP in the logfiles of your counter. To find out whoīs behind a specific IP address is simple. All you need is a trace or whois tool which are available on- and offline. I use a little but still powerful freeware tool called dbzNetBuddy which is available for download at ( http://www.division-by-zero.de/dbz/index.asp?main=/dbz/tools/netbuddy_main_eng.htm&headergif=tools ) in a windows nt/2000 version. To give you an example what this software does I did a "whois" search with the last IP address listed in your question. Hereīs the output: "% This is the RIPE Whois server. % The objects are in RPSL format. % Please visit http://www.ripe.net/rpsl for more information. inetnum: 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 netname: LOSAN2-CZ descr: Losan s.r.o. country: CZ admin-c: DF4526-RIPE tech-c: DF4526-RIPE status: ASSIGNED PA mnt-by: GTSCZ-MNT changed: email@example.com 20010613 source: RIPE route: 126.96.36.199/18 descr: GTSNET origin: AS2819 mnt-by: GTSCZ-A-MNT changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 19990707 changed: email@example.com 20021018 source: RIPE person: David Fojtik address: Losan s.r.o. address: Brezenecka 4808 address: Chomutov address: 430 01 phone: +420 396 28639 fax-no: +420 396 28639 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org nic-hdl: DF4526-RIPE changed: email@example.com 20010228 source: RIPE" I hope that this helps you to understand the concepts of IP addresses and that you now understand why itīs not as easy as you may have assumed. Helpful hint: missy-ga answered a similar question some tome ago and gave an excellent and comprehensive answer. See at: ( https://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=67353 Search strategy: ( ://www.google.de/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=de&q=ip+adress+identify ) till-ga
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