I just noticed that your location field hyperlinks to Google Maps. I found this to be pretty awesome
Are you browsing through a wireless router? When Google went around to collect all the street view images, they also sucked down wireless network SSID's and matched them up with the actual location as recorded by a GPS in the car. So they know if you are connected to X wireless network, there is a very good probability you are physically at Y location.ok this is spooky, I went on this page with my home computer and it listed my exact address (said I live between 250 and 260 adeleaide st w in toronto and pinned my location on the map. My desktop doesnt have GPS.
how the heck did it do that?
Yeah, at least the nice thing is that at the very least any decent browser/device will explicitly ask your permission before providing this data.quite spooky, feels like magic technology
I've turned off in Safari that sites can just collect geolocation data. Or at least, it will ask for Allow when they try to.
Those sneaky *******s! lol That has to be it.When Google went around to collect all the street view images, they also sucked down wireless network SSID's and matched them up with the actual location as recorded by a GPS in the car. So they know if you are connected to X wireless network, there is a very good probability you are physically at Y location.
Or just deny all geolocation requests. Honestly, it probably uses some unique identifier other than the name (SSID) to identify the router (like the router MAC address or something). I'm not sure changing the name would do anything at this point. But it's worth a shot.Those sneaky *******s! lol That has to be it.
So if I change my hotspot name im invisible again?
Not sure what you're trying to say here, can you explain?No, I mean, if your ISP, that range, is known .. It can be used for your neighbor as well as you again.
Oh yeah, just simple IP-based geolocation. I've known about this for a while. The funny thing is, I'm at a secondary residence right now, and at my house it works great - gets it correct down to the city (I've done it before). Here, though, it says I'm in California when I'm actually in Minnesota. Might need to update their location information database.Erik, go to dnsstuff.com enter in the right input box to look up IP, your own IP.
It will disclose who owns the IP range, where it is registered for.
This is already a step closer to finding what country someone is from, which state, and usually pretty close to a street.
ISP usually are sloppy and cover a bigger range.
But known data from other people can help you narrow it down.
Even if you do not disclose your geolocation details, even a timestamp can determine where in the world at least you are, helping companies narrow down which advertisements are more to your interest. Think .. summer in Australia not being the same months as in Europe.