Posts Tagged ‘geolocation’

Change Your Location in Firefox Using Location Guard

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

I haven’t tested this myself, but I imagine this extension would also allow you to visit sites that normally aren’t available in your area (e.g., the UK version of NetFlix, which has a tendency to release new movies before the US version of Netflix.)

Geolocation, the retrieval of a connecting user’s location in the world, can be beneficial to both user and website operator. When you connect o a weather website for instance, it is often the case that you want weather information for the location you are at. It can also be comfortable to be redirected to a country-specific version of a website.


What Websites Know About You and How to Protect Yourself

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Here are a few more tips for those who are concerned about online privacy …

This is the second part of a mini series about privacy on the Internet. Check out the first part about IP addresses here. Whenever you connect to a website using a web browser, mobile application or program that supports Internet connections, information are automatically made available to those sites.


Delete Location Information History on Twitter

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Here’s an interesting trick for privacy-conscious Twitter users …

We have talked about the dangers of publicly available location information before (see Creepy! Track Michael Arrington, Or Anyone Else, Via Geolocation for pointers). A simply example would be a Tweet from your holiday location, which could invite burglars or social engineering attacks. But there is more to it than the direct danger, people can use the location information to create a movement profile, a stalker’s heaven.


Telecommunications Data Retention – What It May Reveal About You

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Just in case you don’t have enough to worry about already …

Ever wanted to know what government agencies can find out about you thanks to telecommunications Data Retention laws?


Creepy – Track Michael Arrington or Anyone Else via Geolocation

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

They certainly picked an appropriate name for this program …

Creepy is a free program for Windows and Linux that can be used to track Twitter and Flickr users. Track how? Via the geolocation feature that both services make use of. All you need to do is to enter the Flickr or Twitter username in the application and wait until the first longitude and latitude information are retrieved. Add the time of posting plus integration of Google Maps, Virtual Maps and Open Street Maps and you have created a movement profile of that user. The tweet and tweet url, or the image title and Flickr link are posted in a box at the bottom of the application for each individual hit.