Friday, March 28, 2008

Circumventing IP Geolocation

Although IP geolocation can be fairly accurate, it can also be easily thwarted with the use of global gateways or proxy servers that are geographically distant from the actual location of the user.

Using's IP geolocation service with an online PocketPC via Smart GPRS puts my location at Makati, Philippines. The country is correct but the city is a good 570 kilometers from mine, or an hour's ride by plane.

On the other hand, using Anchorfree's Hotspot Shield wifi gateway plants me on the other side of the globe at Washington DC. Well, at least it's the same planet..

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