Solved Some Internet servers get my geographic location wrong

May 8, 2013 at 18:07:34
Specs: Windows 7
Why do AOL, Bing and Yahoo have my location wrong when I click on Local News? They think I am in Indiana where neither I, nor my PC, nor my ISP have been! Yet Google News and MSN know where I truly do reside, presumably by reading my IP address.

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#1
May 8, 2013 at 22:52:52
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If you check 3 different services within the same minute, you'll likely get 3 different results. Sometimes they're within a half hour away for me. Other times, they're many states away.

It's not a problem you can fix. It's how your ISP is trafficking your connection and at what node the ISP connects to the website.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#2
May 9, 2013 at 11:47:41
A website can determine your location from your IP address using one of several Internet location services. But this is by no means foolproof, at times producing major errors in location. At one time one service showed my location as Portland Oregon, while it actually is in Saskatchewan Canada, some 1600 KM (1000 miles) further east. And that in spite of the domain being properly identified as a .ca domain. I have heard of even more serious errors than that.

This is of course totally beyond your control.


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#3
May 12, 2013 at 14:50:13
Moreover, your location will be different in various browsers and devices.
Try this page on your PC and then on your phone
http://mylocation.org

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