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VPN and Google Location History

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richb
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VPN and Google Location History

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Post by richb » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:35 am

For those using a VPN:

If you are using any Google app, login to your Google account and have Web and App Activity turned on, (specifically Location History), Google will know your true location regardless if your VPN is active.
You can test this by doing a Google search on any topic and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Your true location will be listed.
To turn off Web and App Activity visit this page: https://myaccount.google.com/activityco ... arch?pli=1.

Click the button to pause Web and App Activity. This will also pause Location History. If you want to refine the setting click "Show all activity controls"

You may have to restart your computer and ensure your VPN is active. Then check again with a Google search. You should see the chosen VPN location.
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Re: VPN and Google Location History

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Post by handy » Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:38 pm

As a side note to the above: I use this page as my home page: https://ipleak.net

It was created by Air VPN, & does a pretty good job of showing you most of what others can see about you when you land on their website.

I use enough privacy protection along with PIA-VPN to make my browser unique in over 1.5 million browsers (according to the likes of https://panopticlick.eff.org - who don't give you that number anymore).
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Re: VPN and Google Location History

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Post by skidoo » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:31 pm

unique in over 1.5 million browsers
Dude. That's not a good result. Your "enough privacy protection" is achieving a seriously poor result.
A good result, indicating "effectively blending in with the crowd" would be a LOW number (e.g. one in twenty-five thousand)

ip-check.info is another site (operated by Jondonyn) which offers a fingerprintability check.

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Re: VPN and Google Location History

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Post by handy » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:02 am

I know. I wasn't saying it to stroke my ego. :)

No matter what you do, some entities will still be able to track you.

I consider myself somewhat protected from at least your everyday criminal. Though it is the likes of the multi-billion dollar organisations (government agencies & the G**gles of this world) that have created their positions of wealth & power by stealing everything that they possibly can from the populations of the world whilst those populations weren't looking due to both ignorance & distraction.

We do what we can, & don't get too stressed about the things that we can't change. Life is far too short. ;)
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