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Do they know where you are ?
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Barkin


Joined: 12 Aug 2011
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Oct 2011, 03:53    Post subject:  Do they know where you are ?
Subject description: browser geolocation
 

http://www.browsergeolocation.com/
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rokytnji


Joined: 20 Jan 2009
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Location: Pecos/ Texas

PostPosted: Tue 18 Oct 2011, 08:12    Post subject:  

Thinking, Thinking. Loading, Loading. It seems it can't find me.

I think this TX rest area free wifi hot spot is giving it a hissy fit.
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Barkin


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Oct 2011, 14:22    Post subject:  

rokytnji wrote:
Thinking, Thinking. Loading, Loading. It seems it can't find me.

If your browser (wisely) blocks javascript your browser won't tell the Geolocation website the necessary info to work out where you are.
Apparently the location results are usually more accurate in Europe than in USA, (coz you have privacy laws in "the land of the free").

The location given can be spot-on or way-out (I'm in UK) ...
approximate browser location.jpg
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Makoto


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Location: Out wandering... maybe.

PostPosted: Tue 18 Oct 2011, 23:32    Post subject:  

Can't a website still get a rough idea of your location by parsing the IP address, though?
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Barkin


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PostPosted: Wed 19 Oct 2011, 01:32    Post subject:  

Makoto wrote:
Can't a website still get a rough idea of your location by parsing the IP address, though?

More accurately if the browser records the ID of the WiFi access points networks nearby, e.g. ...
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Firefox gathers information about nearby wireless access points and your computer’s IP address ... In some places, our service providers may be able to provide a location to within a few meters.
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/geolocation/
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tasmod


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PostPosted: Sun 30 Oct 2011, 08:22    Post subject:  

Love their propaganda. "To bring you better service" Yeah, right. Cool
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