With the anonymity that the Internet provides, it is often easy for those with criminal intent to stalk people, to milk them for money or to threaten them. When you realize that you’re being targeted, it’s good idea to be able to locate the person responsible somehow. Finding the IP address that they use is usually an excellent way of fixing their location before you go to the police. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
Tracing someone on Facebook Chat
If you need to trace a suspected criminal on Facebook on your computer, you need to first invite them to Facebook Chat. When the chat begins, you want to first use Task Manager to terminate any Internet use by other programs on your computer. Then, it’s time to begin the tracing operation.
Use Search Windows to find the command prompt utility, and fire it up. Type in the string netstat -an. Since you’ve closed all other processes or programs on the computer that use the Internet, the IP address that shows up when you hit Enter has to belong to the person that you are on Facebook Messenger with at the moment. Unless the person is using a VPN or proxy server, you have what you need to nail his location. All you need to do now is to use an IP address tracing service such as IPAddress.com, and look up the person’s location.
If the netstat command sounds too difficult to use
The Marauder’s Map Chrome browser extension, helps you perform the netstat routine automatically. It scrapes the IP address of the chaff that here on, and automatically puts it on a map to give you an exact location.
If you want to make sure that no one locates you in one of these ways
Criminals are able to use such ways to locate the people that they chat with, too. If you want to make sure that you can never be traced in this way, you need to disable the location sharing feature on your messenger program. Unfortunately, chatting programs tend to turn on their location sharing feature automatically on each new chat. You need to be on your toes, disabling it each time you start a new chat.
It’s important to understand that criminals often have their way with people simply because most computer users are simply too trusting to protect themselves. It only takes knowledge of a few simple, commonsense methods to protect yourself.