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September 10, 2012 10:36 AM Subscribe
Geolocation. Does the internet know where I am? Can anyone get my whereabouts from my IP address?
posted by run"monty to computers & internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Curiosity got the better of me recently and I ventured into the nightmare of genitalia that is chat roulette.
Now, I got chatting to someone who got me a little freaked out. We were having a completely random conversation about ninjas and geese but they seemed to know a lot of particular details about where I live and wouldn't let up on how they knew.
I googled geolocation and found this site, htmldemos.com and... well, blimey... it knows exactly where I am. Down to the square metre! WTF?
How the hell does that work? Can anyone on chatroulette geolocate anyone they're chatting with? More importantly, can anyone on the internet find my real world location?
Is the internet coming round to my place to steal all my stuff? Should I buy better locks? What are the implications for house insurance?