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Did you know that your browser is geolocating you? This is how to turn it off for good.

 
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That worked great for Firefox, thanks, but what about IE? Is there a fix for that also, or is that not a problem with that browser?
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Re: Did you know that your browser is geolocating you? This is how to turn it off for good.
Location aware browsing is a huge privacy issue.

Basically what it does is every time you go to a website that requests your location your browser will give it geo-locating information such as IP addresses to let the requesting site track you to wherever you are.

There is a very simple process to turn this feature off for good.

In your browser's address bar, type in about:config. There will be a box that pops up that warns about warranty info expiring blah blah blah. Ignore this warning and click I will be careful.

When you get to this page, there will be a search window at the top. What you need to do is type this in that search window exactly as written here. Just copy and paste.

geo.enabled

It will search your files and that one file will be singled out and displayed at the top of your search window.
Double click it to turn it off. You should see the value n the window change from true to false.

You're all finished. You have totally blocked access to your geo-location feature in your browser.

Just remember, anytime you update Firefox, your settings will set back to default so you will have to set the number at zero again to stop it.

Something else I wanted to discuss with you as well...

Did you know that when you visit a website on the internet, your computer deposits a cookie that lets the new website know what site you arrived there from.

So say you were looking at porn and then came to GLP, GLP would know which porn site you came from before you arrived.

Not exactly private but there is an easy fix.

We're going to do the same as last time by typing about:config into your browser's address bar.

Once you get in, type this into the search bar at the top.

network.http.sendRefererHeader

When the file is isolated, right click it, click modify and set the number value to 0 (zero).

That's it, you have stopped your browser from giving referrer information to the next site you visit. Again, remember that if you ever update your browser, you will have to do this over again so make a note to self.

If you have any questions, I will be glad to help.
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I just did it, goo directions by the op made it easy. I will pass it on to others. OP you are one of the good guys.
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what about Internet Explorer
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what about Internet Explorer
about:config does nothing
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My opinion.

Stop using IE.

[link to www.mozilla.org]

I'm telling ya, it's better.

Play around with it for a couple days, I guarantee you will feel better. If for no other reason, you KNOW that you are using a browser that doesn't spy on you and save your internet files in hidden folders that can't be looked at or deleted.

If you check out my other threads, you can also start getting your addons together for Firefox that stop and identify trackers, and learn how to properly and soundly delete your web history from your hard drive.
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02/07/2013 01:22 PM
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For FireFox users there are the Ad-ons Ad Blocker Plus (blocks ads) and Ghostery (blocks trackers).
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02/07/2013 01:23 PM
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OP, I've had my "geo" turned off for some time but great info for those still going uphill on the learning curve.

Question....some web sites ask, in a drop down box, "Would you like to share your location"? If, for some reason, I chose to share, does this revert the default to "2" in geo:enable?
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Only one way to find out! lol

I would think you wouldn't even be asked anymore but if you chose to share I would assume it would have to revert back, in order to allow your browser to share.
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I'm not gonna "test" it......just thinkin' out loud.
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02/07/2013 01:23 PM
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I did it, but why does it still displays our national flag on GLP?
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02/07/2013 01:23 PM
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I'm thinking of doing a general computer repair/advice thread to help out with day to day computer issues.

I spend a LOT of time on GLP so I would be able to actively watch the thread for issues people are having. I'm no computer scientist, but I have picked up a few things over time that a lot of people don't really know about.

Let me know what you guys think!
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Great idea, and thanks so much for your posts!!!!

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That worked great for Firefox, thanks, but what about IE? Is there a fix for that also, or is that not a problem with that browser?
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The browser itself, is the problem.
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02/07/2013 01:26 PM

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hf
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02/07/2013 01:29 PM

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So, as a mac user you are saying I should switch to firefox?
hf
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02/07/2013 01:33 PM
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I did it, but why does it still displays our national flag on GLP?
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That's actually a really good question.

Try restarting FF.

That goes for everybody too. These do not take effect until you restart FF.

Let me know what happens.
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So, as a mac user you are saying I should switch to firefox?
hf
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ohyeah
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02/07/2013 01:35 PM
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I did it, but why does it still displays our national flag on GLP?
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That's actually a really good question.

Try restarting FF.

That goes for everybody too. These do not take effect until you restart FF.

Let me know what happens.
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I already restarted FF, same flag.
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02/07/2013 01:35 PM
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the address about:config is disabled or moved to a new address...
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marked for later
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02/07/2013 01:37 PM
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Google Chrome also allows you to disable geolocation. Just go to Options > Under the Bonnet tab > Content settings button under Privacy. Click Location at the left and then select the radio button for do not allow any site to track my physical location. Click OK to apply the changes and restart the browser.
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02/07/2013 01:40 PM
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I did it, but why does it still displays our national flag on GLP?
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That's actually a really good question.

Try restarting FF.

That goes for everybody too. These do not take effect until you restart FF.

Let me know what happens.
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Restart FF.....flag gone, no.

Last Edited by DeadBeacon on 02/07/2013 01:41 PM
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02/07/2013 01:45 PM
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Nothing in the OP will stop websites from geolocating you by your IP address. That has nothing to do with the browser per se. Your IP address is the "return address" other sites use to know where to send what you requested, such as by clicking a link etc.

They know where you are by your IP address because they know the location of the ISP the IP address is assigned to. How close they can get to your exact location depends on the size of the geographic area served by the pool of addresses yours comes from.

There are ways of spoofing the IP address, but they usually entail paid services like proxies. TOR will also do it but it can be painfully slow. You can also spoof geolocating services by using a VPN (virtual private network).

Note that some sites won't accept connections from proxy or TOR servers. Membership sites like web boards are especially sensitive to this because it's frequently how spammers exploit such sites.

Not sure about other browsers, but the "geo.enabled" setting does prevent Firefox from sending enhanced geolocation data (data other than your IP address). However, according to Mozilla, it's always an opt-in, i.e. the browser asks you if you want it to provide geolocation data when it is requested by a website. See their description for details: [link to www.mozilla.org]

Fortunately (or not in some cases), geolocation by IP address doesn't work especially well. For example, if you try to geolocate me by my IP address the result will most likely be Bangkok or Chachoengsao, but I'm a 2-3 hour drive from those places. It does keep me from accessing things like Netflix here though, because Bangkok, while far from here, isn't in the US.

BTW, the "referrer" information isn't in a cookie, it's part of the HTTP request packet generated when you click the link. See this "Mozillazine" article: [link to kb.mozillazine.org]

If you want to obscure the page you're coming from, rather than clicking a link to the next page, you can simply copy-paste the link into the address bar of your browser. The browser won't identify the current page as the "referrer" because you didn't click anything on that site to get to the next site.
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02/07/2013 01:46 PM
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We need more stuff like this floating around GLP. 5*
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02/07/2013 01:50 PM
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Nothing in the OP will stop websites from geolocating you by your IP address. That has nothing to do with the browser per se. Your IP address is the "return address" other sites use to know where to send what you requested, such as by clicking a link etc.

They know where you are by your IP address because they know the location of the ISP the IP address is assigned to. How close they can get to your exact location depends on the size of the geographic area served by the pool of addresses yours comes from.

There are ways of spoofing the IP address, but they usually entail paid services like proxies. TOR will also do it but it can be painfully slow. You can also spoof geolocating services by using a VPN (virtual private network).

Note that some sites won't accept connections from proxy or TOR servers. Membership sites like web boards are especially sensitive to this because it's frequently how spammers exploit such sites.

Not sure about other browsers, but the "geo.enabled" setting does prevent Firefox from sending enhanced geolocation data (data other than your IP address). However, according to Mozilla, it's always an opt-in, i.e. the browser asks you if you want it to provide geolocation data when it is requested by a website. See their description for details: [link to www.mozilla.org]

Fortunately (or not in some cases), geolocation by IP address doesn't work especially well. For example, if you try to geolocate me by my IP address the result will most likely be Bangkok or Chachoengsao, but I'm a 2-3 hour drive from those places. It does keep me from accessing things like Netflix here though, because Bangkok, while far from here, isn't in the US.

BTW, the "referrer" information isn't in a cookie, it's part of the HTTP request packet generated when you click the link. See this "Mozillazine" article: [link to kb.mozillazine.org]

If you want to obscure the page you're coming from, rather than clicking a link to the next page, you can simply copy-paste the link into the address bar of your browser. The browser won't identify the current page as the "referrer" because you didn't click anything on that site to get to the next site.
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iamwith

anyway [link to www.maxmind.com]

one of the best algorithms used

only choice is tor, private vpn or remote server connection with good old ssh terminal.
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02/07/2013 01:51 PM
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Did you know that when you visit a website on the internet, your computer deposits a cookie that lets the new website know what site you arrived there from.

So say you were looking at porn and then came to GLP, GLP would know which porn site you came from before you arrived.
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This is not necessarily true. You have to click a link from one website to the other in order to trigger the http referer header.
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02/07/2013 01:52 PM
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Nothing in the OP will stop websites from geolocating you by your IP address. That has nothing to do with the browser per se. Your IP address is the "return address" other sites use to know where to send what you requested, such as by clicking a link etc.
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Yup... geolocation is always done by the IP. Hence the name ip2location
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02/07/2013 01:54 PM
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Thank You OP!hf

I would also like to recommend [link to www.abine.com (secure)]

I think it is a useful tool.
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02/07/2013 01:57 PM
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[link to fixtracking.com]

this website can help too
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02/07/2013 01:58 PM
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Too bad your IP address is still geolocatable to within a few miles anyway.
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Thank you so much OP... appreciate your hard work...
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Another thing that just started.

As of 1-23-13 the activation of +3,000 'Cyber-ASS(ets) for Obama' will shill and disinfo forums such as GLP. Beware of 'Honey Pot' threads started by this new internet department. Or links from GLP to other sites that can get IPlocation info in that sites handshaking with your computer.
Although the 'CA4O' gov't disinfo poster and his TeamLeader are immune from prosecution in starting "threatening to commit actual violence or promoting armed / violent revolution.." threads, GLP members are not.

Thread development by these guys is enhanced by using multiple UserID's and multiple IP's. DHS says it can turn +3000 agents into +10,000 as a force multiplier.
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about:config brought up nothing.
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about:config brought up nothing.
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Are you using FF or IE...only works in FF.
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