What is IPv6?


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According to Hayley Tsukayama of The Washington Post, IPv6 is the newest addressing protocol used for the Internet. This new protocol is designed to expand the number of Internet addresses exponentially to avoid an upcoming shortage.

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While the old Internet address protocol allowed for 4.3 billion IP addresses,the new one allows for 340 trillion, trillion trillion. An IP address is the location of any Internet connected device or webpage. The new protocol was launched on June 6, 2012, and supported a variety of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Most sites using IPv6 in 2014 are backwards compatible with the older protocol, but newer sites using only IPv6 may not be viewable to those still using the older addressing system.

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