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One Example, of many on the page

 

my_location Location
Explanation:
Webkay uses the Google Geolocation API to locate you. This is an educated guess and never as accurate as a GPS Location. The accuracy depends on your location and also on your connection type. If you are on a mobile network expect an error of up to 50km.
This example just tries to demonstrate how accurate a website can guess your location without asking you for permission to access your GPS.


Prevention:
To prevent your browser from leaking your ip and location, use a Webproxy.
This example uses the Google GeoLocation API to get a more accurate result then "normal" IP Location Lookups. To prevent this, you need to deactivate Javascript in your browser with a browser plugin like NoScript.

Read ryuuchin's post on privacy plugins!

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Which one do you use, MSparks?

 

For me, it is FireFox

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Which one do you use, MSparks?

 

For me, it is FireFox

Well, Chrome - all those things are useful.

 

What's more important is "who" you give access to them.

so firstly I have:

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

 

at the router level and installed on a routed phone

Then javascript disabled by default + exceptions

and adblock just for good measure.

 

most of the time it doesn't matter, because I am only connecting to my own hardware.

That host file defeats nearly everything nasty.

 

Then for a few sites I trust and read regularily (here, news.ycombinator.com) I have added to the exceptions (not that they need it)

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