Geolocation is the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object

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Are photos on Facebook servers stored with the geotagging metadata in their EXIF headers?

If i download photo from Facebook, will i be able to read its geotagging metadata, or Facebook just parse the uploaded photo, record all EXIF headers into the database (to show the camera model ...
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How can I detect a VPN connection (even just in some cases) to get the real location of the user

I'm creating a web site, I would like to allow people to sign-up only from their "real" physical location (not using a VPN). I was thinking maybe comparing local and server time... what else...? I ...
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How to protect user privacy when sharing photos?

I have a web site that lets users upload a profile picture that is then visible to other users of the site. What steps should the site take to protect user privacy? For example, some Jpeg files may ...
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Phone location detection

If someone posts something on the internet using their phone's data connection, is it possible to track their location? For example, somehow link their IP address and figure out their location. Or ...
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How does wifi-based geolocation work? [closed]

Looking at the Google geolocation API it claims: Geolocation API returns a location and accuracy radius based on information about cell towers and WiFi nodes that the mobile client can detect. ...
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How do location-based apps avoid getting cheated by emulated GPS?

Some apps like Foursquare require the user to "check in" at physical places, in order to gain money benefits. Given that emulated GPS are available for customized versions of Android, it sounds easy ...
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Hiding and faking my location?

I read this: Reveal the True IP of a User I am using Hola Unblocker to hide my IP address. This appears to work when I go to netflix as the site treats me as a US resident (which I am not). This ...
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Ip tracking of stolen laptop

Somebody stole my laptop. I made a connection to it while he had Teamviewer still running. The police says that they can't start tracing the laptop because the IP is abroad. But what doesn't make ...
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How does a GSM triangulation work? [closed]

A have always been told that to get a geolocation of mobile phones there is the need 'ping' it with at least three cells. So actually, a standard and basic triangulation would just get from three ...
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How to get rid of geolocation info on linux?

First of all: I HAVE read the "Why does Google know my location?" posts but still in my case it is a bit weird / the solutions cannot fit. The Setting: Fresh installed linux. Never ever logged in ...
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How to hide real IP from browsers while using VPN?

You probably know that even when you use a VPN service, browsers like Chrome and Safari can still somehow provide your real location to Google Maps etc (if you give it a permission). My question is: ...
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How can I Hide my Public IP Address

Is it possible to use internet without revealing my public IP Address? I feel I should have the choice to reveal my IP address or not. At the moment, it feels like I don't have a choice. Your IP ...
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Wireless Positioning System (WPS) works without Internet?

As I understood it (correct me if mistaken); Wifi Positioning System has a network of routers of some sort, and when I plug in my new device, by using existing devices whose locations are known, they ...
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How CDN operator will decide content fo me if i am using google public DNS [closed]

As i saw most of the internet is being load balanced even at DNS . And DNS load balancers takes decision on behalf of client's DNS . So I Am just curious to know if i will use 8.8.8.8 as nameserver in ...
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Getting access to MAC address of access point from a device wired to the network

My home network consists of a router (with wired and wireless connections), and a separate access point used to repeat the router wireless signal. A device is further wired to the access point; it ...
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A thought experiment about obfuscating the location of a smartphone when it is in use, is it possible? [closed]

I was thinking about how smartphones are very difficult to use in a way that does not transmit your location, with all the networks it has to connect to (and let's say a 'burner phone' is too ...
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How is a website determining my location even via VPN? [duplicate]

I'm currently in China, and accessing the Internet via a VPN in the USA. When I access Google maps or other location-based web services, they all show my location as that of the VPN server. However, ...
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Can the use of GPS devices leak personal identifiable information?

When you use a GPS device, satellite signals are used to give you your position. It seems reasonable to assume that information about the device you're using may be transmitted to the satellite as ...
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Ingress collects a lot of data - what impact could this have on my privacy or security?

The Augmented Reality game from Google, Ingress, has players travel to specific GPS locations to destroy and rebuild virtual targets, link locations, and team up with other players in order to carry ...
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How is Facebook locating me when I use a VPN?

I am using a private VPN network for my internet connection. But it seems that if I go to http://m.facebook.com and try to check in, Facebook sees my location properly. My IP address seems to be from ...
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Any real world examples of GPS location data being used with authentication?

Are there any examples of how GPS coordinate (or any location data really) can be used to detect suspicious locations or validate well known locations? Specifically Highlighting new or unusual ...
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How to restrict web access to certain countries

What are the better ways of filtering access to the web application based on Geographical location. Is it possible with a network layer firewall or we need an application layer?
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How to connect Tor to the web using a specific server?

Some websites restrict access based on which country the accessing IP comes from. I'd like to use TOR to circumvent such restrictions. So I'd like to use an exit node that's located in a specific ...
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Tracking stolen laptop which has a login password

I have been reading about solutions that track your computer in case of missing. Since I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, the best option would be prey for me, but I'm open to other suggestions. The question is ...
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Is it wrong to collect and store IP addresses?

I am developing a PHP analytics program. I am using IP addresses to get its corresponding country. I was wondering if its OK to store both the IP address and Country or if its better if I just store ...
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What are the laws regarding ISP recording IP addresses? How would they know who had which?

Since most internet users have ISPs using dynamic IP addresses (e.g. someone gets a new external IP address every few days) are there any laws requiring the ISPs to keep logs associating an IP address ...
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Are there any addons that disable only some functionality of scripts?

Tor comes bundled with NoScript. Correct me if I'm wrong but that's because client sided scripts can determine the originating IP address regardless of who the traffic is passed through. But NoScript ...
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How does Google Maps know where I am, when I'm using a VPN?

How does Google Maps determine my location? I've gotten some understanding of Google Maps' geolocation methods from here: http://friendlybit.com/js/geolocation-and-google-maps/ In the newer ...
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Why is location very highly secured info on smartphones?

I can understand that an app needs explicit permissions to access it if the smartphone has a permission system (e.g. Android, Windows Phone). But how does location get so much intention than others ...
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Check photos for geotagging and remove lat/long data

I like to upload photos to various internet services, but I prefer not to share my geographic location. I understand Facebook and other services strip out the geolocation data, but they still have ...
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Geographic equivilent of RFC 3161 (X.509 PKI Time-stamp Protocol)

First time poster here, hope to be around more often. I'm in need of a cryptographically secure 'stamping' system that allows not only time but also location to be attached to data, while still ...
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What tools are available to identify which country a specific IP address is located in?

In trying to identify the country a user logs in from, or to block country ranges for whatever reason (for example regulatory requirements) what tools, whether online or offline, are available?