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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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5 stars OP! Thank you for sharing.
I am starting to love Firefox more than Chrome now.
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I think the main thing that sells me on FF is that it is so open.

They don't try to hide and lock shit on my PC.

I have a very keen emotion of despise for that crap.

Detest may be a better word.

Loathe.

abhor, abominate, be allergic to, be down on, decline, despise, detest, execrate, feel repugnance, find disgusting, hate, have aversion to, have no use for, refuse, reject, repudiate, revolt, spurn
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You don't mean to say you don't like it, do you ?
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02/07/2013 11:21 PM
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what about Internet Explorer
about:config does nothing
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2307487


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
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We don't KNOW that, but that's what we are told.
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02/08/2013 12:24 AM
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what about Internet Explorer
about:config does nothing
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2307487


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
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648

We don't KNOW that, but that's what we are told.
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Yes we do, it's been tested for years.

100% clean...fact!
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02/08/2013 02:54 AM
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02/08/2013 05:43 AM
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Re: Did you know that your browser is geolocating you? This is how to turn it off for good.
what about Internet Explorer
about:config does nothing
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2307487


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
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648

We don't KNOW that, but that's what we are told.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33915994


Yes we do, it's been tested for years.

100% clean...fact!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33904447

Who is "we" ? Do YOU ?
I don't, but you are telling me and I might or might not believe you.
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02/08/2013 06:30 AM
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what about Internet Explorer
about:config does nothing
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Tools ---> Internet Options
Pick "Privacy" tab
Check "Never allow websites to request you physical location"
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02/08/2013 06:48 AM
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well the geo thing.. that made my other laptop not able to load any pages at all..
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Great info man! What about cell phone security?
Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
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02/08/2013 12:47 PM
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thanks OP for this info I use a macbook pro with safari and firefox your suggestion worked with firefox but not with safari though, hence what you've said in earlier posts.
What i'd like to know is, how do you forensically get deep into your computer like investigators do?
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02/08/2013 12:51 PM
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well the geo thing.. that made my other laptop not able to load any pages at all..
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Just switch it back.
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Great info man! What about cell phone security?
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thanks OP for this info I use a macbook pro with safari and firefox your suggestion worked with firefox but not with safari though, hence what you've said in earlier posts.
What i'd like to know is, how do you forensically get deep into your computer like investigators do?
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Check out my other thread on index.dat files and how to erase them for good.

Thread: If you think that erasing your internet files with a program protects you...think again.
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02/08/2013 03:10 PM
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Re: Did you know that your browser is geolocating you? This is how to turn it off for good.
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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Its a great idea!

Can you share your tips for those of us just starting to use Firefox? I've added on AdBlocker Plus, and did what you recommended in the first post of this thread. Where should we go from there?

Thank you.
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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!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


Its a great idea!

Can you share your tips for those of us just starting to use Firefox? I've added on AdBlocker Plus, and did what you recommended in the first post of this thread. Where should we go from there?

Thank you.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33313757


All of my threads are linked on page 5 of this thread.

Get do not track me add on as well for

Fir Thread: Did you know that your browser is geolocating you? This is how to turn it off for good. (Page 5)

Ghostery works very good as well, get that too.
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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!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


Its a great idea!

Can you share your tips for those of us just starting to use Firefox? I've added on AdBlocker Plus, and did what you recommended in the first post of this thread. Where should we go from there?

Thank you.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33313757


All of my threads are linked on page 5 of this thread.

Get do not track me add on as well for

Fir Thread: Did you know that your browser is geolocating you? This is how to turn it off for good. (Page 5)

Ghostery works very good as well, get that too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33946996


Sorry that link doesn't work for some reason.

The links are on page 5.
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02/12/2013 06:24 PM
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Can you share your tips for those of us just starting to use Firefox? I've added on AdBlocker Plus, and did what you recommended in the first post of this thread. Where should we go from there?

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That's a great start. Add "NoScript Plus" from Firefox and you'll be cookin'...
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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!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648





I just found your thread. Thanks for all these tips. If you don't mind, I would like some advice.

I just downloaded SRWareIron to use as my browser. I set up a hushmail account and now use DuckDuckGo as my SE.

I don't know if I am tech savvy enough to do all the things you mention plus, truthfully, I don't think we can keep our data from being collected anyway. My intention is not to make it too easy.

I just want away from Google but, I'm not sure what to do about YT. I don't upload videos so I could just go without an account. I don't want to login with my new hushmail account and I want to delete my gmail account. Any suggestions on the best way for me to use YT?

And thank you!!!
hf

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07/24/2014 01:22 PM
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5 stars !
Having choices is the American way. Here's hoping it stays that way.
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thanks again
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11/03/2014 07:38 AM
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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 can't get by the type in about:config I type it in the browser address bar but always get "Navigation Canceled".
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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
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648

We don't KNOW that, but that's what we are told.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33915994


Yes we do, it's been tested for years.

100% clean...fact!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33904447

Who is "we" ? Do YOU ?
I don't, but you are telling me and I might or might not believe you.
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Greed is for amateurs. Disorder, chaos, anarchy: now that's fun!

I am insane. And you are my insanity.

I raise my flags, don my clothes It's a revolution, I suppose
We'll paint it red to fit right in. I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse.
I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow.
Welcome to the new age!

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