Geolocation is the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object, such as a radar, mobile phone or an internet-connected computer terminal.

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Keeping websites from knowing where I live

This questions is related to issues and practicality, not security. I live in Brazil and, apparently, every single website I visit knows about it. Usually that's okay. But there are quite a few ...
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How do you make Google's interface always be in your chosen language?

Google's interface and search results don't always appear in my preferred language, English. I'm located in Mexico City and, although I generally have no problem with Spanish, I would prefer search ...
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What is locationd and why is my 3rd party firewall intercepting it in Snow Leopard at intervals?

Little Snitch reported an outgoing connection from locationd which appears to be a new daemon installed by default on Snow Leopard. A search for strings inside the locationd binary shows a link to ...
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How does Google My Location work?

Google My Location in Google Maps is able to find your approximate position with good accuracy. Although it's clear that it makes use of GeoIP mapping, they need a more accurate strategy to pinpoint ...
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Is there a way to set my current location manually on Windows 8?

Is there a way to set my current location manually on Windows 8? I don't have a GPS module, but the device is always located at the same place. The automatic detection via network sets a place 200 ...
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Is it possible to use a GPS device with a computer to provide location to browsers?

I have two GPS devices, one from NMEA and one from Garmin. I would like to know if it’s possible to use either of them to provide more accurate location for browsers (Chrome, Firefox). The web ...
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I'm on an Airplane right now at 30,000 ft, why is my “Current Location” pointing to an Airport? [closed]

Right now as I write this I'm on a Delta flight from Atlanta heading to Boston (Technology is amazing). We are 30,000 feet in the air (probably over somewhere in D.C. area) and will be landing in an ...
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Geo-blocking / geo-location. How to disable or get around it?

There are many sites on the web these days that show a different face to you depending on where you are located around the world. For example I'm in Australia and there are a number of US based ...
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Marco Polo for Windows

Marco Polo is an Apple solution which "knows" where you are and configures your networking, printers, shares, proxies etc... Basically anything that can change when you change location. Windows 7 has ...
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Is there a way to access OS X location services from the command line?

I'd like to be able to fetch OS X's current estimate of location from the the command-line so that I can script based on it. Is there a tool that does this? I've found apps like locations that let ...
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How do I make Chrome forget a “no” to geolocation on a site?

I'm not sure where the problem lies, as for the page I am developing I can't remember giving a "no" to geospatial information, but through whatever means I have a Chrome installation that is acting on ...
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How could Google Latitude find my exact PC location with no GPS or public wifi?

I found a similar question here but I still don't get it. You see, I live in a small town and every time I check my IP location via online services or speed test websites, my location appears to be ...
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How does precise GeoLocation in HTML5 work?

This is quite a long winded question, you can just skip to the last sentence if you don't care about the background info. I just tested out HTML5 geolocation using Firefox 3.5+, and it managed to ...
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I want to make Macintosh Security Settings Location-Aware and Automatic

I have a Macbook Pro that I take from home to work to coffee shops to hotels. When I am at home, I want it to not require a password except after 4 hours of inactivity. When I am traveling, I want it ...
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Windows 8 geolocation change at the OS level

My default Windows 8 geolocation is set to Chicago, IL. Not 'cause I want it to be, but because my wireless broadband provider is providing an IP address that is based out of Chicago, IL. With the ...
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How do apps detect my location in Windows 8?

I started Maps (the default app, provided by Bing) from a start screen in Windows 8. If I choose My location, Maps shows my home location very accurately. I have turned on "Let apps use my location" ...
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How can I set my current location for geolocation APIs to pick up?

I'm running a Windows 7 desktop machine (no GPS, hardwired connection) which is stationary. I'd like to set up my location so that various geolocation-enabled services can find me accurately. Is there ...
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Override geolocation with static one in Opera 10.63

Opera now has the ability to provide my geolocation to websites (if I agree to share it with the website). However, for my desktop, I'd like opera not to consult Google / WIFI points / GeoIP services ...
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Open-source cross-platform (or MacOSX) tracking software

I'm searching for some software (or some simple scripts or even only code snippets) which: is Open Source runs in the background collects some information most importantly location information ...
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finding geolocation from an ip address

How can I find a location such as city/state or country from an ip address? Is there a ruby gem or python module to do this? Or if there is a website which has an API.
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How does geolocation based on IP address work?

As all Internet users, I've visited web sites which appear to know in which country and city I'm located. I understand that these web sites typically look up my IP address in a database which maps IP ...
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Google.ru detects my location even behind anonymous HTTP proxy server, how?

My steps: Install brand new Windows 7 in VirtualBox install Firefox Select public anonymous proxy that I have never used before Open Firefox, set anonymous HTTP proxy, set geo.enabled = false in ...
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Chrome set Geolocation API provider

If you use the HTML5 Geolocation Api in firefox and have no GPS attached to get your current position, firefox uses the nearby wlan ssids to get your position. Firefox sends the ssids via Geolocation ...
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From where does IP geographical location data come?

I don't understand how some sites (e.g. https://www.ultratools.com/tools/geoIpResult) show country and town for an IP address. For example 193.45.10.135: Continent: Europe Country: Germany Country ...
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Location for Google search and Firefox wrong

On a workstation I administer when ever the user opens Firefox or use Google to search for something both think I am in the Netherlands rather than the US. I have checked the location and language ...
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Is it difficult to intercept & spoof skyhook location requests with corrected mifi GPS data?

Apple's WiFi-only iPad uses location services provided by SkyHook to determine your location for Maps, and such. I frequently use my iPad with a Sprint Overdrive device, which has GPS built in. I'm ...
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Is personally identifying info on user hardware sent through internet?

I've read here that it's possible for a website to use cross site scripting to pull your router's MAC address without your permission. This can then be used to determine your location through Google ...
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How does Unlocator work?

Unlocator is able to remove location based restrictions on websites and other internet services by simply using their DNS servers. I'd like to understand how this works on a technical level. I ...
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Can I get IP addresses for the US or a certain state?

How can I easily get the IP address blocks for a particular state or city within the US? I was thinking that I could plug that into my iptables firewall to restrict traffic.
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Hiding my location to websites with region-specific languages/content

I just went to download Microsoft Secority Essentials and it enraged me as it redirected me to a site in my home language and not the default English. If I go to America, I don't want them to speak ...
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Is it possible to correct my GeoIP location

Numerous services and advertising do GeoIP lookups. They get the country correct, but often the city is wrong. Are there places where I can go and correct this, letting people know the actual ...
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On Linux, mounting network drives depending on the network profile

In Linux, is there a way to automatically mount different network filers depending on depending on the network profile? I have a laptop that moves from place to place and would like to mount or not ...
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Using OpenVPN, yet netflix.com blocks access

I have set up an OpenVPN server on a VPS in the USA and configured it to route all clients traffic through it. Everything seems to work fine regarding the VPN connection in gerneral. All ip lookup ...
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How to add a WiFi access point location to Google's database? [closed]

I've seen explanations how to remove your wireless access point from Google's location database. But let's say you wanted to add it to the database -- how do you do that? (Why? For example, the ...
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Why is my true IP location revealed *inside* my VPS host?

I'm using VPS hosting based on Windows Server 2008. The machine is physically located in the US and I'm connecting via RDP using mRemoteNG from my home in Europe. It's easy to Google many "IP ...
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how do browsers locate position? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: HTML5 Precise GeoLocation I'm not sure if this question should be asked here or not by here it goes: In html5 there is a function ...
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Overseas proxy makes Firefox think I am in Germany or Netherlands

Well actually doesn't it thinks I'm in France but there already was a question like this but for Chrome, so I thought I may as well frame it the same way Overseas proxy makes Google Chrome think I am ...
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How can I create a heat map based on data from Google Analytics? [closed]

How would one go about creating a heat map (say, of the US) based on location data from Google Analytics? I'd like to somehow create such a map with the visitor data from several websites that use ...
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How does Google Gears geolocation work?

I'm quite impressed by the Google Gears geolocation demo. It usually has an accuracy under 50 meters and besides authorizing Google Gears, I haven't revealed any other information concerning my ...
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Changing location in Google Chrome when searching

I've recently moved to the Czech Republic from Scotland and I can't find a way to permanently stop Google from automatically defaulting back to google.cz all the time. I've checked to ensure that all ...
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Find Location of an IP with Accuracy to the City or Street Level

Is there a solution/code/service to find an IP with accuracy to the City level in the sense of the IP's geolocation? How would you implement this on your own? Would you need to fetch a live update of ...
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Avoid geographic restrictions in the internet

I am living in UK and I want to access some contents (mostly streamings) of websites that are only accesible from Spain. I've first tried with some free IP hiding software, but the bandwidth they ...
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My wife seems to have convinced every device she owns that she lives in Malta

Don't ask me how she did this... witchcraft probably. When I check her Google Nexus device, I can see the google location service is using 'Malta' as it's location, even though the device's location ...
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Router MAC address procuring for WPS positioning

Its known that either Skyhook or Google procured the wireless access points mac address while roaming around. I am curious how the MAC addresses were procured, as this does not seem to be easy to do! ...
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Change google search location beyond current country [closed]

I often work remotely and prefer using en-us locale settings for my searches. One of our computers is located in Germany, and whenever I try to change the location in Google Search Settings, I get an ...
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Set fall back or default geolocation in Google Chrome?

For some reason my home broadband isn't resolving a geolocation inside Chrome, this isn't a problem at work. Is it possible to set a default or a fall back location in Chrome if the lookup fails? ...
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How to prevent Google Maps from using Google Gears under Chrome

I've just allowed Google Maps to access my current location by enabling Google gears for the same service. I want to know how do I disable Google Gears now, even for Google Maps or any other website ...
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Why does a wireless network give a more accurate location than a wired network?

I build a simple HTML5 website that takes my location (in latitude-longitude), and simply shows my location in Google maps. I opened the HTML document with my laptop Asus K53E-B1 and I found that ...
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How to get the coordinates for an address?

I'm not necessarily looking for a programmatic way to do this - if I was, I'd ask on Stack Overflow. I'm just wondering how to quickly retrieve the latitude and longitude for a given address? Is ...
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How can I improve Mac OS X's Location Services?

I recently moved to a new apartment in a new building in a new neighborhood in San Francisco (central waterfront / Mission Bay). I know that Apple uses Wi-Fi for determining location, but Mac OS X ...