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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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On Safari (Windows 7) it says navigation to this webpage has been canceled after typing about:config

On explorer it does nothing but go to a blank page, is this for Firefox only?
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In preferences>Security tab, uncheck the box for location services.
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Even if you "turn it off", there's still an IP and that will track you down to your doorstep every-time(unless of course you're stealing or using wifi on the move).
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IPs are very generalized. The closest they can get is wherever your local provider hub is located
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Keep thinking that, we'll let it be your little secret. I wouldn't try telling that to the people behind bars because of IP tracing technology and IP logs, though.
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I didn't say you couldn't be tracked to your precise location.

We are talking about IP locators that sites on the internet use and the are very generalized.

Only your ISP has specific details unless they have gotten a subpena.
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02/07/2013 02:43 PM
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OP...ya gotta pick out a "name" for yourself......AC just doesn't quite cut it.



Last Edited by DeadBeacon on 02/07/2013 02:45 PM
:Canadian F::State of Texas:

"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".
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What about if you use an ipad then..?
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thanks

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02/07/2013 02:46 PM
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Even if you "turn it off", there's still an IP and that will track you down to your doorstep every-time(unless of course you're stealing or using wifi on the move).
 Quoting: MuslimAmerican


IPs are very generalized. The closest they can get is wherever your local provider hub is located
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


Keep thinking that, we'll let it be your little secret. I wouldn't try telling that to the people behind bars because of IP tracing technology and IP logs, though.
 Quoting: MuslimAmerican


I didn't say you couldn't be tracked to your precise location.

We are talking about IP locators that sites on the internet use and the are very generalized.

Only your ISP has specific details unless they have gotten a subpena.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


Are you not aware of the little thing called the patriot act? There's no need for a subpoena anymore, even when one was required it could be gotten in less than a day with probable cause as justification just like most search warrants. Cops were busting people as far back as the 90's, not even getting into what the feds were doing on their own. MANY communication companies will freely give out some information with a simple call from a detective, private detectives use this tactic all the time posing as police officers without any paperwork or court orders, there's also the added justification that most states have laws(felony offenses) for using communication devices of any kind in the commission of various crimes.

Last Edited by MuslimAmerican on 02/07/2013 02:46 PM
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bump1 for later
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IPs are very generalized. The closest they can get is wherever your local provider hub is located
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


Keep thinking that, we'll let it be your little secret. I wouldn't try telling that to the people behind bars because of IP tracing technology and IP logs, though.
 Quoting: MuslimAmerican


I didn't say you couldn't be tracked to your precise location.

We are talking about IP locators that sites on the internet use and the are very generalized.

Only your ISP has specific details unless they have gotten a subpena.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


Are you not aware of the little thing called the patriot act? There's no need for a subpoena anymore, even when one was required it could be gotten in less than a day with probable cause as justification just like most search warrants. Cops were busting people as far back as the 90's, not even getting into what the feds were doing on their own. MANY communication companies will freely give out some information with a simple call from a detective, private detectives use this tactic all the time posing as police officers without any paperwork or court orders, there's also the added justification that most states have laws(felony offenses) for using communication devices of any kind in the commission of various crimes.
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You make good points, MA. It's just feels good to know that for all the little invasions of privacy that we lose, it's nice to use everything at our disposal to limit those invasions.
:Canadian F::State of Texas:

"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".
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02/07/2013 02:57 PM
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Thanks OP for the reminder! hf





Speed up your Firefox


about:config


Several tweaks required for this

Config name: network.http.pipelining
Default: False
Modified value: True

Config name: network.http.proxy.pipelining
Default: False
Modified value: True

Config name: network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
Default: 4
Modified value: any value higher than 4, but not more than 8

Config name: network.http.max-connections
Default: 30
Modified value: 96

Config name: network.http.max-connections-per-server
Default: 15
Modified value: 32
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02/07/2013 02:58 PM
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Cute. This of course works for anything geo-locating you via a browser call to Firefox.

This does nothing about tracking you via IP. Your IP is in the headers of the IP packets. Of course, if you bounce from switch to switch to switch this becomes obscured, but I think you get the gist. TCP/IP routing wouldn't work if information could never be routed back to you.
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02/07/2013 03:02 PM
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You sir, well, ROCK IT!!!!!!!!!!! I've been following your last two threads and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my illiterate computer skills heart. (although I do have numchuch skills, just no computer hacking skills)

Like me, I'm sure there are many that normally don't post, but we are watching, learning and achieving things that are necessary. Thank You!!!!!!!!!
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02/07/2013 03:04 PM
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OP...ya gotta pick out a "name" for yourself......AC just doesn't quite cut it.


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I'll work on it.

Hilarious! lmao
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02/07/2013 03:06 PM
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op in chrome it wont let me do it , just says not found , can you help
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02/07/2013 03:08 PM
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Keep thinking that, we'll let it be your little secret. I wouldn't try telling that to the people behind bars because of IP tracing technology and IP logs, though.
 Quoting: MuslimAmerican


I didn't say you couldn't be tracked to your precise location.

We are talking about IP locators that sites on the internet use and the are very generalized.

Only your ISP has specific details unless they have gotten a subpena.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


Are you not aware of the little thing called the patriot act? There's no need for a subpoena anymore, even when one was required it could be gotten in less than a day with probable cause as justification just like most search warrants. Cops were busting people as far back as the 90's, not even getting into what the feds were doing on their own. MANY communication companies will freely give out some information with a simple call from a detective, private detectives use this tactic all the time posing as police officers without any paperwork or court orders, there's also the added justification that most states have laws(felony offenses) for using communication devices of any kind in the commission of various crimes.
 Quoting: MuslimAmerican


You make good points, MA. It's just feels good to know that for all the little invasions of privacy that we lose, it's nice to use everything at our disposal to limit those invasions.
 Quoting: DeadBeacon

Many think it's a good idea to try to combat it, I won't dispute that either way but this is a baseline preference that really won't make much difference one way or another if authorities want to check you out, also in some ways(not suggesting this case) increased protection or attempts to anon-i-mize yourself could bring unwanted attention to you simply because you're doing this and raising the red flags of someone trying to cover their tracks for some reason. Internet providers get a huge kickback for watching and reporting suspicious behavior if it pays off in any case as a result no matter how flimsy the criminal case maybe, so it's not exactly cops and being traced that's the whole threat, you've got the source of all your internet activity with your information at their fingertips and incentive to check all the details. Privacy online no longer exists unless you're on the move, stealing connections/using free connections or have some serious spoofing hardware/software and even then use is limited depending on what you're doing before you're locked down IF they want you.


Kind of like educating yourself on your rights, yeah it can help out but in the end it really doesn't matter because cops can create probable cause to do what they want to and get into what they want to for whatever reason and you'll still end up in cuffs even if you didn't do anything wrong.
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02/07/2013 03:09 PM
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Thanks you so much for the excellent advise.

tried to search network.http.sendRefererHeader in firefox, it does not exist.
Would it be under any other description in firefox?
Thanks bro.
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02/07/2013 03:10 PM
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Thank you
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op in chrome it wont let me do it , just says not found , can you help
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Get rid of chrome. It's a spyware program, with a browser attached.
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op in chrome it wont let me do it , just says not found , can you help
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Get rid of chrome. It's a spyware program, with a browser attached.
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That's a great avatar!
:Canadian F::State of Texas:

"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".
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02/07/2013 03:15 PM
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What about if you use an ipad then..?
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Go to Setting>General>Location Service.

Switch to off.

I believe you can change other options as well such as Facebook, etc.
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02/07/2013 03:18 PM
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You sir, well, ROCK IT!!!!!!!!!!! I've been following your last two threads and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my illiterate computer skills heart. (although I do have numchuch skills, just no computer hacking skills)

Like me, I'm sure there are many that normally don't post, but we are watching, learning and achieving things that are necessary. Thank You!!!!!!!!!
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No problem at all, man. Glad I could help!
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02/07/2013 03:19 PM
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I've followed all of your tutorials and I can't thank you enough. My computer is running at lightening speed now. WOO HOO! There is no way the average computer user even has a clue to these things. My family can barely turn the computer on much less make sure they are not being tracked or recorded....

5* and a Pin Opie

Your awesome.
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cruise
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Why did u put cruise OP? R u being mean? Or smiling at my comment?
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Not being mean, that was hilarious! lol
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Thanks again OP... I would send you some green, but...
anyways, keep up the charitable work. I know that you take time out of your day to help us and you don't have to. Most people wouldnt do the kind things you are doing. Ignore the morons that criticize every move you make. I look forward to your future posts. I have to keep an eye out for you since you are anonymous. girl_happy_brown
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yeah, what's with the flag charlie
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op in chrome it wont let me do it , just says not found , can you help
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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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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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What is Location-Aware Browsing?

Websites that use location-aware browsing will ask where you are in order to bring you more relevant information, or to save you time while searching. Let’s say you’re looking for a pizza restaurant in your area. A website will be able to ask you to share your location so that simply searching for “pizza” will bring you the answers you need... no further information or extra typing required.

Or, if you’re mapping out directions to get somewhere, the website will know where you’re starting from so all you have to do is tell it where you want to go.

This service is totally optional – Firefox doesn’t share your location without your permission – and is done with the utmost respect for your privacy. And, like all elements of Firefox, it’s being created using open standards to ease adoption by Web developers.



How does it work?

When you visit a location-aware website, Firefox will ask you if you want to share your location.

If you consent, Firefox gathers information about nearby wireless access points and your computer’s IP address. Then Firefox sends this information to the default geolocation service provider, Google Location Services, to get an estimate of your location. That location estimate is then shared with the requesting website.

If you say that you do not consent, Firefox will not do anything.
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Thanks you so much for the excellent advise.

tried to search network.http.sendRefererHeader in firefox, it does not exist.
Would it be under any other description in firefox?
Thanks bro.
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Did you type in about:config first?

Then paste network.http.sendRefererHeader into the filter at the top.
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02/07/2013 03:25 PM
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its disabled default morans!!

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How do I undo a permission granted to a site?

If you've given Firefox permission to always give your location to a site and later change your mind, you can easily revoke that permission. Here's how:

Navigate to the site to which you've given permission
Go to the Tools menu, then select Page Info
Select the Permissions tab
Change the setting for Share Location
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op in chrome it wont let me do it , just says not found , can you help
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Get rid of chrome. It's a spyware program, with a browser attached.
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This is good advice. ^^^

Get Firefox and be done with it.
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02/07/2013 03:29 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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Thanks for the help, I am computer illiterate for the most part, never took the time to learn as it developed because it's hard to keep up with all of the new tech.

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