So i clicked on a link to play a game with someone but it turns out the link was an ip grabber i think. The hacker now knows what country i live in and the password to the game account. I don't know what else he knows. I have already tried unplugging my router because I was told that my IP address would change. can someone help me out. it would be greatly appreciated as i don't know much about IP stuff.

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    "The hacker now knows [...] the password to the game account." How do you figure? Jun 2, 2021 at 3:23
  • It really is impossible to draw any conclusion, since there is no graspable information about the situation. One could only guess. Having said that, your IP is public information, exposed every time you visit any site. Just having someone's IP doesn't allow you to do anything nasty – if that were the case, the world would be thrown into chaos.
    – user218666
    Jun 2, 2021 at 3:40
  • There is no actual question here. The OP is only providing some information and (maybe wrong) conclusions but other than that just an unspecific "can someone help me out". For helping out it might be useful to understand more about the topic in the first place, see What can a hacker do with an IP address? Jun 2, 2021 at 4:50

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The good news is that this is probably not as big a deal as you think. There are a lot of articles (usually written by people selling VPN subscriptions) that make it sound super scary to leak you IP address. This article is a bit more neutral:

Exactly how much information can be learned from your IP address will depend on how your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has set up their network and how they buy and assign IP addresses to their users. The pictures in this article explain it nicely. Most home internet ISPs will assign a unique public IP to each home router, in which case your IP address is unique to you. But some ISPs will put multiple customers behind a NAT so that they all share one public IP address (in particular I think mobile carriers do this because the sheer number of mobile devices would quickly exhaust the 232 possible public IPs). So the first step is to check how your ISP assigns IP addresses.

Next, even if your IP address is unique to your house, that does not mean the attacker will be able to get your address from it. Attackers will look up your IP address in a GeoIP database such as this free one, which is a big lookup table of IP addresses to physical addresses. How does the GeoIP database know your address? It doesn't. Usually they will know that, say Comcast has reserved a certain block of IPs for, say, customers in northern Atlanta, and so the GeoIP database will just have a pin somewhere in northern Atlanta. In my case, the GeoIP database I linked to has my location wrong by about 500 km.

TL;DR I wouldn't worry too much about it.

About this:

I have already tried unplugging my router because I was told that my IP address would change.

Did it change? (You can see your IP address my typing "my ip" into google). If it did not change with a reboot, your router may have a very long lease time (sometimes weeks), but you could try logging into your router's admin page and see if there's a button to drop the ISP connection or reset your IP address.

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