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“Safe Web” series – 2 – Stop sites knowing your location

Safe Web iconGeo-location tools are great, especially when you are on the move. Most of you have probably used them in the past, especially if you have a smartphone.

Geo-location in smartphone applications is a very useful feature, especially when you’re trying to find something.

However, you may not want every website to know exactly where you are.

Here’s how you can turn the geo-location off:

In Firefox:

– In the address bar type about:config,

– Find entry geo.enabled, and change its value to false, as shown here:

Geo-location Firefox






In Chrome:

– Choose Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Content Settings,

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

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