Why do visitor IP addresses end with zeros?

The visitor IP address ends with zeros because it is masked. By default Piwik PRO masks 2 last bytes of the IP address. This may make data about location inaccurate, but it’ll be a fair option if you choose to be respectful to your visitor privacy. However, if you want to select other option like 1 or 3 bite masking, you’re free to do that.

Depending on the masking option you choose, in reports you will see an IP address like that:

  • (1 byte masked)
  • (2 bytes masked)
  • (3 bytes masked)

To change the way you anonymize the visitor’s IP address, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu > Analytics settings.
  2. From the left-hand list, select Privacy.
  3. Choose an option for making users anonymous, and click Save.
Anonymize the visitor's IP address in Piwik PRO.

Read more: About IP anonymization.

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