How Can I Stop Web Sites Discovering My Physical Location?

I can appreciate how geo-location tools can sometimes be handy but there are also times when you may not want the web sites that you visit to know where you are.

Luckily, the 3 main browsers all offer relatively simple ways of turning geo-location off:

Chrome

If you use Chrome then the first thing you need to do is open your browser.

Next, go into the Settings by clicking on the spanner icon found in the top right corner.

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on Show advanced settings…

Chrome

Under the Privacy heading you’ll see a button labelled Content Settings… Click on this.

content-settings

Now scroll down until you see the section for Location.

Select the bottom option – Do not allow any site to track my physical location.

do-not-track

Job done.

Firefox

In Firefox you can accomplish this task by opening your browser and then typing about:config into the address bar. Press Enter to see the warning screen below:

Firefox

After promising to be careful you’ll see the screen below. Scroll down a way until you find an entry called geo.enabled. By default it’s value will be true.

Right click here and select Toggle to change that value to false.

geo-enabled

Geo-location is now switched off in Firefox.

Internet Explorer

Finally, for Internet Explorer, you again need to open your browser up. Click on Tools and then Internet Options such that you will see the screen below:

IE

Click on the Privacy tab and then select Never allow websites to request your physical location.

physical-location

Implementing any or all of the strategies above will prevent web sites from identifying your physical location.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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