Skip to comments.Deactivate Location-Aware Browsing in Firefox 3.5
Posted on 07/06/2009 1:16:37 PM PDT by Gomez
If the new Location-Aware Browsing (a.k.a. Geolocation) feature in Firefox 3.5 makes you worried about your privacy, you can turn the feature off with a simple about:config tweak.
A Quick Look at Location-Aware Browsing
For those who are curious about this new feature, here is a quick look at what happens when you encounter a website that triggers the function in Firefox. You can also visit a website that has been set up as a Geolocation demo (link at the bottom of the article).
Note: The Location-Aware Browsing feature uses Google Location Services to determine your location with the following: your computers IP address, information about nearby wireless access points, and a random client identifier (that is assigned by Google and expires every 2 weeks).
When you encounter a website that asks for your location, you will see this bar pop up at the top of your browsing window.
(Excerpt) Read more at howtogeek.com ...
Orwell didn't warn us about Big Google.
You mean I will not be able to see all those hot looking chicks that happen to be in the SAME city I live in?
At great risk of starting a browser war - does Internet Explorer have this feature, and if so, how is it defeated or disabled?
Go to Tools --> Start Private Browsing
you = your
Re the OS X article — “You can disable this easily - just comment the pref out.”
Okay, how does one comment the pref out?
I used the instructions in the article, seems to have worked.
Firefox 3.5 on a Mac.
Which article? The one at How-To-Geek (main posting) or the one in #1 at the “clicky” link referencing OSX? I was looking at the one at the clicky link.
I don’t have 3.5 yet, but updates are inevitable. I don’t know how to comment out things though.
Eventually I’ll have to do this on a PC for my sister, also.
I don’t think my FF has it. I’ve never seen it and when I tried to do the fix nothing like that came up for me to fix. Google isn’t allowed on my computer and I check my register weekly to make sure nothing got in. If it does, I delete it.
Thanks for posting this.
A whole lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
What version are you using? It’s new in version 3.5.
"information about nearby wireless access points"Do you know what your neighbors are telling Google?
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