Disadvantages of anonymizing IP?


#1

I would like to offer more privacy to visitors of my website by anonymizing their IP address(1 or 2 bytes). However, I would just like to know what analytical features I would lose out on, in order to make an informed decision.

For example, I’m guessing I’ll no longer be able to identify repeat visitors, right?

Thank you.


(Stefan Giehl) #2

Returning visitors are not (only) detected by their IP address. Anonymizing IP should not limit anything. Every detection based on the IP is done before it is anonymized


#3

That’s like having the cake and eating it! Very impressive. Is there any benefit to NOT anonymizing then?


#4

How is that possible? I imagine if someone visits my site today their IP will be anonymized so if they come tomorrow there won’t be a way to compare their IP’s?


(Stefan Giehl) #5

Visitors are “compared” by their visitorId. IIRC If that one is not set manually it will be generated (and hashed) from various data, like IP, Browser, OS,…