How can Google know my location?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Greg1991, May 27, 2017.

  1. Greg1991

    Greg1991 New Member

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    I'm on Windows 10, and I have disabled every location setting. I also disabled the option that lets sites check my language list to provide relevant content, but whenever I install Google Chrome, Google's homepage is always my country-specific page. How can this be? How can I stop it?
     
  2. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    It can track your general location via your external IP address.
     
  3. Greg1991

    Greg1991 New Member

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    Oh so the only way to stop it is using a VPN?
     
  4. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    That doesn't sound horribly specific to me. But yes your current IP has a rDNS suffix of .com.ar
     
  5. Greg1991

    Greg1991 New Member

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    Oh no it isn't but I don't like the idea of being tracked and told what I should like all the time. The same happens in YouTube and other sites. By the way, how do you know where I am?
     
  6. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    @beers knows all......
     
  7. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    All forum moderators/admins can see your IP address and know who your provider is.
     
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  8. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    A few forums I'm on I know the admin can even read people PM conversations....:eek:
     
  9. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends on the forum for automated features, although if you control the server you can read any info you want straight from the DB.
     
  10. Greg1991

    Greg1991 New Member

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    Oh... Thanks. So the only way to stop that is by using a VPN right?
     
  11. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    Yup... nothings private these days.. Guess I might as well stop being polite and helpful all the time...
     
  12. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    :eek::eek:

    I would like to meet this polite Laquer Head you speak of.
     
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  13. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    :mad:
     
  14. Agent Smith

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    You would have to run the VPN all the time. That could pose some issues though. Like with Skype (if you use it) and PayPal. I've read users getting their PayPal count banned and were kicked from Skype since they used a VPN. I use one, but I don't use it all the time. I also don't use Chrome and Winblows 10 either.
     
  15. Agent Smith

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    Do you think I'm in Shitcago? :evilgrin:

    Having my own forum I can see the IP, read sent E-mails and view PMs. Yep, it ain't private. LOL
     
  16. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Why are you an ass? I can tell when someone is using a vpn/proxy. You are using swiftway.
     
  17. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    People get fooled into a false sense of security with VPN and other such things... if someone built it, someone can break it..
     
  18. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    That's just about everything aside from actual users :p
     
  19. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    I have a few, I have a few. LOL I tried to get some SEO, but I'm not paying a company to do it. It's hard to gain users when you're not the only game in town. The well-established forums beat you at your own game. I was going to create a forum over ten years ago, but didn't. Now that I changed domains I have to wait for SEO again.
     
  20. Agent Smith

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    I'm just joking that I use a VPN. LOL
     

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