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

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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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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?
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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 was The Pirate Bay datacenter kept hidden?

How were The Pirate Bay's servers kept hidden for so long? You would think that it would be easy finding the servers that so many DNS servers are pointing to. Tracing the chain to the main datacenter ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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...? ...
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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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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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Relationship between http time response and geo-location

I have a lot of pcap files about traffic generated by malware, this include vast kind of packets like TCP UDP and more important HTTP. Whereas is possible I have the geo-locations related to the IP ...
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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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what is the best keylogger for security uses? [closed]

Today we were robbed. A thief come to our home at night and stole some stuff including my brother's laptop. I think that the right thing to do is to download a keylogger on my PC, just in case... I ...
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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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What is the proliferation of IMSI Catchers?

We know that IMSI-catcher detectors such as the Android-IMSI-Catcher-Detector project exist, but has anyone done a field study across various parts of the world as to how many there are and where? ...
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Is it possible to hide my physical location from my ISP?

It's generally difficult, if not impossible, to know how any given company is going to use the information they gather about you. In some cases, it's also night-impossible to opt-out of their data ...
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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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What would it take to attack or disrupt the GPS system over a wide area?

What would it take to attack or disrupt the GPS system? In other words, how feasible or likely is it for the GPS system and its network of satellites to be disrupted across a large area such as an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Webrtc privacy issues?

I've been reading about WebRTC, and I'm interested in using it for a drawing web application that uses real-time collaboration. However, as I understand, WebRTC communication requires all parties ...
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Locate server by latency it has to other servers

I just thought about how one can locate a server he has administrative privileges on. My "best" idea till now is to ping a huge amount of servers and then measure the latency of the host to these ...
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Is there any way to determine the location of a laptop based on its MAC address or serial number?

If I have the MAC address and S/N of a Lenovo 3000 Laptop, is there some way for me to find exact street location of this laptop ? This machine was stolen from me last year and was my back up machine ...
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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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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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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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Can the location of a cellphone be pin-pointed?

If a person uses a SIM card that is pre-rica registered (meaning it is not registered on his name but the supplier), can you pin-point where a particular message or call was made from? For example: ...
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Can Netflix tell whether I am behind a VPN? [duplicate]

I understand that if I enable geolocation option in Firefox, then Netflix can learn where I am, and by comparing my actual location with my reported location, Netflix can deduce that I am behind a ...
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What information can a website see if I am using a remote computer?

Suppose that I have a computer in Australia and access it remotely from Canada. Further suppose the Australian computer isn't used by anyone in Australia -- it's sitting in my locked apartment, left ...
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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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Is there any way track a Andriod phone using IMEI Number [closed]

I have lost my phone and I have a IMEI number of it. However, the guy removed my SIM card. Is there any way to track who is using my phone?
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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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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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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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Can a random person find me if my location services are turned off?

I was recently asked by a friend if it's possible for someone to find someone else's location if they didn't have the location services on, on their phone. I told him I'm not sure but I didn't think ...
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Does cropping a picture change or remove properties like geotag data? [closed]

When you crop a picture to send via your smartphone for example (WhatsApp), what happens to its properties such as GeoTag data, date the phot was taken and so on? I want to make sure I do not ...
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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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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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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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Simulate a lot of different IP's hitting a website

This may sound like launching a DDOS, but I am testing out GEO-IP location on my applications. I need to gather some data, to check how my graphs look when there is a lot of data. Are there any tools ...
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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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iSniff-GPS: Certificate Verification

iSniff-GPS I came across an interesting sounding project on GitHub, called iSniff-GPS. I decided to check it out, but i experienced some issues when trying to use the web interface. Instructions ...
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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 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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How does IP Geolocation get weather station information

I recently noticed that websites are using the weather station set in an app on my mobile phone to obtain my location. Various people offer localisation services using weather station choices, but I ...