Sorry...I should have clarified. I meant using maps.google.com on a web browser, let's say on a PC/MAC. When I am not logged into any Google services and in a private browsing session, I can set my location and allow it with Google Chrome and Firefox (I'm sure IE9 does this too), and it would be able to pinpoint my exact house address. Down to about 50 feet.
I guess that's some kind of HTML location API or something? that's what I was referring to. I understand how the mobile APIs for androids and iOS work.
It (Chrome) works the same way, scanning for AP MAC addresses nearby.
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Steve Gibson on password policies[grc.com]: I mean, I don't get this change it every eight weeks. ... It's not as if passwords are traveling by camel after they've been stolen, going to the bad guys, and so there's, like, some weird eight-week window, like, oh, we're going to change your password so that the stale password no longer works. ... And all this does is make IT people despised because users, who are not dumb, they think, why am I - why do I have to do this? What problem is this solving?
I logged onto a web site the other day and they welcomed me by my first and last name. Well, that kind of freaked me out. Then they asked me how my cat was doing, and called it by its name as well. Now that got me really worried. But then I scrolled down, and at the bottom of the page they asked if I wanted to do something about those calluses on my left big toe. They recommended pumice and said they were selling it for $4.99. At that point I turned the computer off.
Some IP sites list a point about a mile from here.
Can anyone get closer?
most of the time via IP they do the region ISP hub or the location of the box for that loop. That is about how close they can get, on cell phones they can get possible get closer.
The issue is not so much google or someone other webservice finding out where exactly you live but instead. The issue is more then making a digital fingerprint of you, they know what city you live in. They know your os, patches, browser, language, geo loc if you have it enabled, plus cookies they are able to build a "profile" of you.
But honestly best way if someone is trying to find out info about you the biggest issue is the users them self's.
Just as an example: Did you know that if you take a photo of you and your child in your backyard with your cellphone. You take that photo upload it to facebook there is a good chance embedded in the photo is the GPS coordinates where you took that photo thus leading me right to your house (Iphones are really bad at this)........
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The Location Services application allows you to control the sending of
information about your location to websites and applications that request
Manage location information passed to websites
A website might request your current location so it can provide you with
information that is relevant to where you are. For example, a weather site
might require your location so it can let you know the weather forecast for
1 Open Location Services .
2 You can set Location Services to always ask your permission to send
your location to a website when the site requests this information or
you can set it to never share your location with any website. The
current setting is displayed in the For Websites field. To change the
setting, tap the current setting and then select another option from
the displayed list.
3 To clear all location data currently in use by websites, tap Clear My
Location Data, and then tap Clear.
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