IP: Internet Protocol
This is alpha nerd soup – where I have 30 seconds to explain a seemingly random jumble of letters!
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Strictly, Internet protocol is the set of rules governing the exchange of data across networks, making the internet possible.
However, most people use “IP” as shorthand for “IP Address” which is a numeric label for something which lives on a network.
You’re likely used to the “dotted quad” notation: 22.214.171.124 (which is common notation for IPv4). But if you haven’t already, you’ll soon start seeing IPv6 addresses. They’re a pain for humans to communicate at 4x the length, but they provide roughly 8 octillion TIMES more addresses than IPv4.