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

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Android Find My Device Network Privacy

My Android device today popped up a screen indicating that it had joined the new Find My Device Network that allows two-way scanning of device locations over Bluetooth. Despite Google's claims of ...
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Popular VPN subnets being blacklisted or blocked

Some websites deploy geolocation services (without us downloading add-on or extra packages or anything). If you use VPN, these websites seem to be able to recognize that and deny services. This tells ...
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How does Google Maps guess my location without browser permissions or Google account permissions? [duplicate]

I haven't granted location privileges to the Google Maps website. If I choose a destination for a route, and then click the suggestion Your location for an origin, the browser prompts to grant the ...
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How can I access the internet in a way that proves my physical location?

Perhaps the opposite of an information security question: Consider a hypothetical where my associate and I have been accused of being the same person abusing multiple accounts on an online forum. ...
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How can iplocation.net know my country if I use a VPN thru Opera Mini on Android? [duplicate]

How can iplocation.net know my country if I use a VPN thru Opera Mini on Android? Accessing myip.com it says "no country". But accessing iplocation.net shows my real city and provider! And a ...
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How is this website able to determine my country? [closed]

Today I wanted to visit https://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-4999 to conduct some scientific research. Upon loading the page, I was greeted with a text saying Russia (the country I'm in) and Belarus are ...
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Can someone track your location by messaging you on Instagram, no links have been sent and no location is enabled [duplicate]

Someone messaged me on Instagram. A general conversation i guess. After awhile he claims to know which country i reside in. No links, photos, videos or locations were exchanged. Can my location be ...
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Prevent device from seeing WiFi networks for geolocation

This is something I was wondering while trying to improve my privacy. Mobile devices tend to use geolocation based on WiFi networks they find available (thanks to evil Google...). One could use ...
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Can any program discover my precise geolocation?

While browsing the internet on my laptop, I've allowed an internet site to access my location data. What I had expected was that it will show the name of my city based on my IP. I was quite shocked ...
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Is there any way to make the Government not find out geolocation from the hoster? [closed]

The government can find servers very quickly by contacting the hoster that hosts your VPN server, and the service provider might give your IP address. But what if I use torsocks ssh -d? I don't know ...
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How do companies like UberMedia/Near locate the home addresses of people who were detected somewhere else?

This news article (cited in this other question) shows that the company UberMedia (now rebranded Near) can retrieve the location of people's home from persons attending an event. How does this company ...
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Implementing geo-location factor for authentication

I recently had an idea about this: Why is the geo-location not used as authentication to ensure ownership of an account/login in addition to a password? This would work over GPS which is quite precise ...
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Is it possible to hide a servers location on the internet?

Can you make a server appear to be in another country and how would you do it?
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How compromised will I be by allowing location services while using a VM that is connected to a VPN?

I'm currently using a browser in my virtual machine. My host machine (laptop) is connected to a VPN. I've just been prompted by a website to allow location services in order to use the site. Would the ...
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Can my IP address be tracked from an Instagram DM?

Could someone be able to find my IP address and where my ISP is located from an anonymous DM on Instagram? (I am planning to instantly deactivate the account after sending the message if that matters.)...
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When GPS is spoofed in a smartphone, does this affect whatever is being monitored?

When GPS is spoofed in a smartphone, does this affect whatever is being monitored? Suppose I spoof the GPS on my smartphone, such as lazy Pokemon GO players do to play from their couch. Will this ...
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Will GPS spoofing + VPN on mobile hide location?

Suppose I turn on "developer" mode on my Android mobile phone and install a professional GPS spoofing app and a professional VPN app. Developer mode will allow the GPS spoofing app to ...
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my ip address comes out from a different ISP/Country

I noticed suddenly something weird on my PC. I am currently in Italy, Google all of a sudden is displayed in Arabic, and my IP is from an ISP in Czech Republic, and it is obviously different from the ...
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Can app / service provider konw when its user using (selfhost) VPN server?

Let's say I setup openVPN at home, then I go out. I connect my ios with openVPN server at home, then I download Netflix app. then I turn off location and any necessary tracking feature on ios. I ...
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Will VPN on a mobile device hide location?

I have installed a VPN on my phone from a reputable VPN provider (paid VPN service, publicly rated as top 10 globally), Can my phone location (longitude & latitude) still be traced by third-party ...
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Suspicious login alerts vs customer privacy

I would like to implement a "Login from a suspicious location" email for my users. The first thing that came to my mind was to use a GeoIP Latitude Longitude and a k-d tree to compare the ...
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Can my SIP conversation partner identify my location?

Is it possible that after establishing a SIP phone call my conversation partner is able to identify my location? If so what are the prerequisites and how accurate would he be to do so?
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Spooky Suspicious Sign-In From My Town

I just had a weird experience that I am trying to figure out. I received a suspicious sign-in notification from google on my gmail account. They had my correct password. This isn't that surprising, ...
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OSINT: Geolocation to IP range [closed]

Usually, in OSINT when it comes to IP addresses and geolocation the investigator attempts to get a rough location from a public IP address. However, I'm trying to find out more about reversing that ...
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Can someone track my location if I clicked on a link to Google Maps?

I was using a dating app, and this person sent a link. When I clicked on it, it led me to Google Maps and I exited immediately, without seeing which location it was showing. I'm scared the person now ...
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Calling from mobile phone without using the cellular network

This has been in the news: https://www.wired.com/story/fcc-fines-wireless-companies-selling-users-location-data/ Is there a way to make calls without using cell towers? Also in this context: is it ...
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How does Instagram know my location even if I use VPN and have no sim card? [duplicate]

I'm using this Instagram account only on my 2nd phone which has no sim card and airplane mode always on. I use VPN 100% of the time when connecting to the internet. The account isn't linked with any ...
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Hiding geolocation from employer [duplicate]

I have been working from remote full time for months. Every day I connect my computer to my company network. Is there a way to hide or change my geographic location? I mean, I would like they wouldn't ...
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Is it possible to track someone using their mobile number in the UK?

This is something I've wondered for a while - is it theoretically possible to track someone using their phone number in the UK? It's a classic Hollywood trope and I'm wondering just how much truth ...
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A site bypasses VPN despite several precautions. How?

There's a website and it shows two pieces of information for a user: "IP location: [country]" and "Detected location: [country]". When I use a VPN, the "IP location" country matches the VPN country, ...
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How to find full geo location of computer from IP address? [duplicate]

I lost my computer and I need to find it. I know IP address of computer. How to find location of computer from IP address? Thank you in advance.
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Is it possible to spoof a GPS satellite?

If it is possible? Any devices that can be bought to do so. If not, how are GPS satellites are designed to be spoof-free.
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Can specific location be determined from an aerial image?

Let's say I share a screenshot of an area of interest (AOI) from Google Maps. Does that alone reveal the specific location of the AOI, even if it has no identifiers (roads, coordinates) on it? What if ...
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Whats The Point of GeoBlocking if the Firewall Has An Implicit Deny?

What is the point of geoblocking IP addresses with cisco firepower or a similar service if the firewall would block the request anyway? For example, We only do business in the USA but see source IP's ...
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How will disabling location share from browser prevent website from obtaining my IP and locating me?

I am a bit confused of how does the "sharing your location" feature works in browsers. Assume I am using Chrome, I have the following questions: When a website prompt the pop-up request "this website ...
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Hiding rough whereabouts of a machine with IPv6, without using a proxy

Since I configured my smartphone Access Point Name (APN) of the type APN protocol from including the value IPv4 to including the value IPv4/IPv6, generally all different addresses I got after ...
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Possible reasons for an incorrect VPN geolocalization [duplicate]

I have installed a VPN on my computer via OpenVPN and a vpnbook.com French server. When activated, IP sites correctly locate me in France (I am currently on holiday in another European country), yet ...
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Google Location Accuracy datafeed

Since Android 9, there is an option in your location preferences which is called Location Accuracy. I know how Google determines my location over wifi and now I wonder if Location Accuracy has also ...
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Could a desktop application disclose location even if a VPN is used?

When using a proper VPN to access a remote server, the server should not be able to resolve your country of origin using your IP address because the IP provided in the request will be the one of the ...
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Smartphone Location Data Keyword Search

I would like to understand, given a smart phone IOS (i.e. IOS or Android), what keywords would be helpful to understand the contours of the default geo-location data measurements (location \ kinetics)...
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How far is my Access Point BSSID sent in my internet packets?

My question relates to this question: How does Google know where I am? and ask a similar question to this (but that accepted answer doesn't pertain to BSSIDs). The chosen answer in my first linked ...
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Is there any actual security benefit to restricting foreign IP addresses?

I am currently outside the US trying to log in to my health care provider's website and the connection just times out. I reached out to them on Twitter and they told me that as a security measure they ...
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Can someone know my geolocation by replying to Whatsapp message?

Is there any way a malicious actor could know my geolocation by replying to a Whatsapp message I have sent? Will being connected with a user allow me to see their geolocation, or would I have to reply ...
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How does Hulu know my local time when I am behind a VPN?

To see what would happen, I attempted to access Hulu from a VPN outside the US. As I expected, Hulu detected the VPN. My understanding is that this is because Hulu is aware of the IP address ranges ...
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Can an app access location services when I turn off location services?

An app I'm using requires me to grant it the permission to track my location, which I grant. But, if I manually toggle off the device's location service (for example in the settings or the drop down ...
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How is Facebook determining my location when I don't have the app installed?

I have done everything that I can think of to prevent companies like Facebook from knowing my actual location, yet recently I've started noticing extremely specific ads from them. For example, I ...
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How to prevent police from tracing Instagram account? [closed]

I created this fake Instagram account on my phone while using TunnelBear VPN without any links to my ‘real’ account. Now I’m wondering if the police are still able to trace my true location? If so, ...
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Is using a VPN or Proxy the only explanation for a wrong location being displayed?

My boyfriend is using an iPhone XS Max. He is in Johor, Malaysia, but his last active session displays that he is in Kuala Lumpur. He told me that he is in Johor, and he said the only reason why it's ...
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Effects of enabling/disabling location request on a browser

What does enabling/disabling geolocation access to a website on a browser actually mean? If I disable access to a website, what information will be shared with that particular website server? If I ...
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How does Google locate me from my laptop?

From this question I learned how Google locates me over BSSIDs. But how does Google retrieve my WLAN-access-point-BSSID when I use Google's services (maps.google.com for example) in Firefox from a ...
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