[FoRK] awesome firefox extension

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Thu Nov 1 15:58:17 PDT 2007

I have found this kind of thing pretty annoying when I wanted to search 
for a certain locality while being in another.  France or Germany vs. 
the US.  Sometimes you can reset or override it, and sometimes not 
easily.  It can definitely affect what you find.


Sat N wrote:
> It might be detecting AU location based on your IP address, not
> cookies. Yahoo is no different either, I went to my.yahoo.com without
> logging in, and saw that they had local news for Denver - so, they
> must have had figured it out from my originating IP address.
> It would be cool if we setup VPNs around the world and fool these
> location-based targeted ads. So, I can do searches while connected to
> a VPN server in Africa, and not be bothered by Hoodia ads.
> On 11/1/07, silky <michaelslists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> note that this doesn't work, well, with the 'newer' releases of gmail
>> yet, and also it is actually supported by google because you'll notice
>> that by default it doesn't do anything to help your privacy. i do love
>> it though.
>> but i don't believe the cookie randomisation actually works.
>> for example, if i log in to gmail.google.com, it still recognises me
>> at www.google.com.AU (note country-specific domain). massive privacy
>> invasion, imho, and one of the reasons i've now moved to yahoo for
>> searching.
>> i'd be wary using this extension for any real privacy reasons ...
>> On 11/2/07, Sat N <sateesh.narahari at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Might be old news to some of you, but when I found that I can block
>>> Google from building my personal profile, I had to try it.
>>> It also blocks Google ads, and Google analytics.  Get it before Google
>>> legal shuts them down.
>>> www.customizegoogle.com
>>> Wonder if this is developed using greasemonkey.
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