IP Address of Instant Messenger Users

by on August 23, 2007

Q: I would like to find a way to get a persons IP address when they send me an IM (instant message) from Yahoo instant messenger or MSN Messenger so I can at least figure out what state and/or country they are messaging from.

A: When an individual messages you on Yahoo, you can gain some information about them from viewing their profile. If an individual did not sign up for their Yahoo account through the US web site, you will be directed to their profile on their country’s Yahoo portal. Both MSN and Yahoo route instant messenger data through their servers so it is unlikely you will be able to find the IP of the user on the other end. This serves to protect the person on the other end from various internet attacks. If you would like the IP address and location of individuals that are contacting you via IM, you should ask them for this information. The user on the other end will be able to choose whether or not to share their information with you.