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I know where you live...
« on: August 05, 2010, 03:05:30 PM »
Well, not personally of course, but someone could acccording to a news item on BBC News entitled: Web attack knows where you live. Read the entire article here.

I wrote a little post on one of my weblogs on how to disable geolocation on Apple Safari, Apple iPhone, Firefox, Flock, Google Chrome, Google Toolbar and Opera.

See here.

Additional entries are very welcome.

[Edit: Updated this first post for additional programs]
« Last Edit: August 09, 2010, 10:28:43 AM by fredvries »

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2010, 03:23:36 PM »
Since I don't have wifi router, being on dial-up, I'm not google's street mapping database. I don't even know if they see my small village as worth their time bothering to drive out there ;D.
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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010, 04:45:59 PM »
I'm glad someone knows where I am.
I've been lost for years.....  ;D ;D
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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2010, 05:37:11 PM »
I'm glad someone knows where I am.
I've been lost for years.....  ;D ;D

You too, eh? ;D ;D
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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2010, 06:39:23 PM »
You might not care unless someone uses that information to burgle your house  :'(

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2010, 06:55:05 PM »

Tell them to come on over. We'll have a western ho down. :)
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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2010, 07:01:44 PM »
First, I am not sure that Geolocation can show your real address. I think it only shows the point where your ISP's servers are situated. In my case it shows cities dozens of miles away from mine.

Second, I live in a block of flats and I don't think that Geolocation can show what floor I am living on.

Third, I am on ADSL connection, not on WiFi.


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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2010, 07:18:20 PM »
There is more than one flavour of Geo Location tool the ISP IP address based ones are very inaccurate, they can't even get my county right.

The ones being talked about here is that if you have a wifi router, that will have a MAC address/ID. If googles street cars have been round your neighbourhood they have also been detecting wifi hotspots (and having a look at some of your data too if it isn't completely secure) and they have been recording GPS locations based on that hotspot for google maping, etc.

So they can be very accurate in pinpointing you based on that MAC ID/GPS info on the database.
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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2010, 11:54:06 PM »
All as I can say is its a scary world out there and getting scarier by the second

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2010, 03:24:37 AM »
All as I can say is its a scary world out there and getting scarier by the second
There are a bunch of weirds out there. :o

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2010, 04:59:04 AM »
I'm glad someone knows where I am.
I've been lost for years.....  ;D ;D

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2010, 10:01:25 AM »
First, I am not sure that Geolocation can show your real address.
It does if you use Gmail.  I was surprised one day to find my address next to the email I was reading.  Prior to seeing this post, I saw something in another security forum about disabling the Geolocation for my browser, and since, my address no longer appears.  Another tool I have on my machine now shows that my IP is "foreign."  I use a router without WiFi for the machine I tested this on.

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2010, 10:31:49 AM »
Update of my list of programs that use geolocation.

Added:
Disabling of geolocation for Opera and Apple Safari.

See here.

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2010, 10:18:30 AM »
Update of my list of programs that use geolocation.

Added:
Disabling of geolocation for Twitter.

See here.

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Re: I know where you live...
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2010, 09:00:50 PM »
Well, not personally of course...

So, do you know where I live, or not..?? ;D
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