Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I Know Where You're From! (Sort Of)

A couple of posts back, I was discussing getting your physical location from your IP number. Well, I decided to try: if you look right below the blog's header, you'll see a line, guessing the country and city you're browsing from. This has been provided by IP2Location (discussed in that post). Already I can report a 50/50 success rate: it picked up my San Francisco airport location immediately, but switching to another network got me identified elsewhere. But it showed me being in the US.

Don't worry - no data is collected on any visitor to the blog. This is just a harmless exercise in reverse search. If you want to protect yourself from sites that really mine your data, refer to this post.

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