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Internet Explorer - Allow or Prevent Websites to Request Your Location

How to Allow or Prevent Websites to Request Your Location in IE9, IE10, IE11, and Firefox
Published by Brink
08 Mar 2011
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How to Allow or Prevent Websites to Request Your Location in IE9, IE10, IE11, and Firefox

information   Information
Geolocation is a feature in new versions of web browsers. This allows websites to be able to keep a track of your physical location in order to provide custom localized services and search results. This may prove to be helpful sometimes, but could also compromise privacy.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent websites to request your geolocation (physical location) in IE9, IE10, IE11, and Firefox.

Note   Note

From: How to Turn Google Chrome Geolocation Off

The first time you visit a website that requests geolocation information, the browser should display the Google Location Serviceís terms and conditions. You will have the option to allow or disallow the browser from sending your location data. The screenshot below is an example how a website asks for your location information.
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What is sent to websites that requires location data?

Your IP address is sent to the website that requests the location information. If you are using a laptop or other wireless-enabled device, the MAC address and signal strength can be sent as well. The browser should not save location data, nor are any cookies generated by websites that request the location information. Other websites will not be able to retrieve it, but itís recommended to regularly clean your temporary Internet files, browsing history and stored cookies.







OPTION ONE
Allow or Prevent Websites to Request your Location in IE9, IE10, and IE11
1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open Internet Options.

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Internet Options icon, and go to step 4 below.
3. In Internet Explorer, click/tap on Tools (Menu bar or gear icon) and Internet Options, and go to step 4 below.


4. Click/tap on the Privacy tab, and do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)
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5. To Allow Websites to Request Your Location in IE9, IE10, and IE11
A) Uncheck the Never allow websites to request your physical location box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
6. To Prevent Websites to Request Your Location in IE9, IE10, and IE11
A) Check the Never allow websites to request your physical location box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot above)
7. Close and reopen Internet Explorer to apply.




OPTION TWO
Allow or Prevent Websites to Request Your Location in Firefox
1. Open Firefox.

2. Type about:config in the Firefox address bar, and press enter. (see screenshot below)
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3. Click/tap on the I'll be careful, I promise button. (see screenshot below)
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4. To Allow Websites to Request Your Location in Firefox
WARNING: Be real careful to not double click on any other entry and change it's value.
A) Scroll down a bit and double click on the geo.enabled entry to change the "value" from false to true (default setting). (see screenshot below)
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B) If listed, double click on geo.wifi.uri, type https://www.google.com/loc/json, and click on OK. (see screenshots below)
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C) Firefox will now look like this. (see screenshot below)
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5. To Prevent Websites to Request Your Location in Firefox

WARNING: Be real careful to not double click on any other entry and change it's value.
A) Scroll down a bit and double click on the geo.enabled entry to change the "value" from true (default setting) to false. (see screenshot below)
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B) Double click/tap on the geo.wifi.uri. (see screenshot below)
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C) Type localhost, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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D) Firefox will now look like this. (see screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn




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08 Mar 2011   #1
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Another good one!

Too bad that didn't apply to other Mozilla browsers besides FF. Opera for example uses the opera.config there and is only updated as far as the 9.64 version. Most of us now however are looking forward to IE 9.

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08 Mar 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you sir.
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08 Mar 2011   #3
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

You're most certainly welcome! You should digg it!
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08 Mar 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Dugged.
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09 Mar 2011   #5
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

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19 Apr 2012   #6
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

4. To Allow Websites to Request Your Location in IE9
A) Uncheck the Never allow websites to request your physical location box and click on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
5. To Prevent Websites to Request Your Location in IE9
A) Uncheck the Never allow websites to request your physical location box and click on OK. (see screenshot above)


They both say uncheck. So, do you leave it unchecked, or check it to NOT allow your location to be searched?
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19 Apr 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mike,

Sorry about that. You would check the box to not allow. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
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19 Apr 2012   #8
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Mike,

Sorry about that. You would check the box to not allow. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
No worries! I wasn't sure if i was reading it wrong
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