Pv6 launches today, June 6th.

While it may sound like some sort of new medical virus to those not keeping up with the tech world, IPv6 is actually a new form of internet infrastructure. And it’s kind of a big deal.

To put it simply, it is a change to format current and upcoming IP addresses to longer addresses.

The need for the change is due to the constant increase to the internet’s size. (Fun fact: It DOUBLES in size about every seven months.) IPv4 has only 4.3 billion addresses, and with PCs, smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, etc. connecting to the Internet, we’ve run out of numbers. IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses and is capable of 340 undecillion addresses. That is 340 times 10 to the 36th power possible IP addresses.

So what does this mean for you?

It’s time to think about taking the plunge to IPv6 in order to keep up with the ever changing world of technology. Sometime within the next few years, IPv4 networks will no longer work.

Truthfully, you probably don’t need to worry. Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have already formatted their services to coexist for some time with the old IPv4 and IPv6 construction.

With IPv6, it will be easier for people to share files, programs, and even online gaming. Data transmission will become much easier. And IPv6 will be way more secure for users.

It’s truly an exciting day in the tech world!

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Sources: PCMag, PCWorld