The Internet has undergone a major change recently, one that 90% of web surfers probably aren’t even aware of. Maybe a little background can shed light on the latest topic on the web.
In simple terms, an IP address is a series of numbers assigned to each device with a connection to the Internet. Previously, IP addresses contained four sets of numbers (12.3456.7890.12, for example). This is referred to as IPv4 and has just over 4 billion possible addresses. But surprisingly, that’s not enough.
In just a few short years, access to the Internet has exploded and it became apparent that the millions of new users would need millions of new IP addresses. They’re getting just that and more. With the new IPv6, there are 340 trillion trillion trillion possible new addresses. That’s no typo – just a lot of new people connected to the Internet!
So what does this mean for your online business or personal computer network? Not a whole lot right now. Most devices are still connected to the Internet using IPv4 and are likely to stay that way for some time (it’s only been two days since IPv6 was launched, after all!). It’s something you’ll want to keep your eye on for the future – but right now just read up on how a major global change for good is going by largely unnoticed.