Do you know who sent you that email message?
With the vast amount of spammers sending bogus emails to your inbox you may want to block certain IP address or identify the source of certain emails. You can do this with the many of the popular email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, and your POP3 email via Outlook.
How to find the IP address of a Gmail Email:
- Log into your Gmail account
- In the top right corner of your browser click on the drop down arrow and then select Show Original.
- Locate in the text Received: from. This can be done using the Find function by pressing Ctrl + F and entering in the find field Received: from.
- Once this text is found the IP address should be located right after Received: from. This is the IP address of any servers involved in routing the email to you.
- To get the actual IP address of the sending computer (the computer that sent the email) you can look farther down the list and do a Find (Ctrl + F) again with Received: from aseem listed in the find box.
- The actual sending computer's IP address is found in this location after Received: from aseem.
*The aseem (sender's IP address) is not always available in the full message headers.
How to find the IP address of a Yahoo Email:
- Log into your Yahoo email account.
- Open the email message. You will have to double click the email to open it in a new window if you are using the new Yahoo Mail Beta.
- In the top right corner of the email message window you will see a drop-down list where Standard Header is the default selection.
- Click on the drop down list and select Full Header. This will display the same information as shown in a Gmail email message.
- Locate the Received: from aseem or Received: from and you should see the originating IP address listed.
How to find the IP address of an Outlook Email:
- Open the email message in Outlook by double clicking the message.
- Go to the View menu at the top of the email message window. (not the actual Outlook menu bar)
- Select Optionsâ€¦ in the View menu. In the Message Options window you should see a section where it has the Internet headers.
- Go to this section and find the text Received: from and you should find the originating IP address. (You can copy the text in the Internet headers box and paste into Word or Notepad for easier viewing.)
Track the location of email's IP address
After you have located the IP address in the email you can find out where the sender is located. You can use IP address locator websites such as IP2Location or other free services on the internet. On the IP2Location service website you can enter the IP address and get the location results. If you want to dig deeper you can pull up a WHOIS database and do a search on the internet.
This sums up tracking the original location of an email's IP address. We would like to hear back from you. Post any comments on your experiences that you may have with email IP addresses.