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How do web sites know what town I live in?

by afrau / July 15, 2005 12:24 AM PDT

Web sites are showing me that they know what town I live in and that is scary. How do I prevent this. Is there some place that registers and keeps my zip code info? Can I remove it or hide it? I have used my zip code for mapquest searches and for ordering items or finding the nearest location for a store.

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(NT) (NT) What websites are they? URL please.
by FrankQTran / July 15, 2005 1:03 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) I.E. has "autocomplete" so does some toolbars...
by reefurbb / July 15, 2005 11:18 PM PDT
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Thats normal
by Earth9111 / July 16, 2005 12:43 AM PDT

Its in your puter, FBI is not looking for you.

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"Hide yourself and you're not found".
by Cursorcowboy / July 16, 2005 1:16 AM PDT

Think for just a minute that the Web is a "road map" and this map got published without your city. I don't thing many people would know or even care until they wanted that information, for whatever reason, but can't find it. How would you tell your kinfolk how to get there?

But, you're not going to get hidden unless you disconnect from the Web. First is because, if you want a connection to the Web you have no control over whether that connection is left off the map -- and second, it is that connections business to be found and used. When you become a member of that business, they have the necessary information not only to deal with you but to let everyone else that they do business with to also have access to you -- it is a two-way street and that is the way of making money.

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It is your IP address...
by Edward ODaniel / July 16, 2005 3:23 AM PDT

and is something that is very normal.

Without an IP address you would have no luck accessing nor making use of the Internet.

If for some reason you are particularly paranoid (the kind of person who would change their unlisted number every year after the new phone book is published for instance) you could make use of a proxy server.

http://www.anonymizer.com/anonymizer2005/1.5/

http://www.ipeliminator.com/

If you are doing nothing illegal I would suggest not wasting your money on the paid "solutions" and although there are many free anonymous proxy servers many sites simply do not allow anonymous requests to their servers.

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