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#1 Dr. Z2A

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 11:28 AM

Ok so I have noticed when going on porn sites that many times they have things like "find hot bitches in [insert your city here] tonight!!!!" I decided long ago that my city isn't the hooker capital of the world, so I am wondering how the websites can tell where i live. Can anyone enlighten me as to this knowledge?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 11:31 AM

Ok so I have noticed when going on porn sites that many times they have things like "find hot bitches in [insert your city here] tonight!!!!"  I decided long ago that my city isn't the hooker capital of the world, so I am wondering how the websites can tell where i live.  Can anyone enlighten me as to this knowledge?

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If I had to guess, (and basically that's what I'm doing) I'd assume it's based off your IP address. My reasoning for this is, try going to the same sight with proxies located in other area's, and the ad's will be targeted for that area. Adult Friend Finder is notrious for this sort of thing.
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#3 tehbizz

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 11:35 AM

Your IP address gives away a ton of information such as what city you are in.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 12:39 PM

What city does my sig image say when you view this?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:30 PM

It says Marlborough for me. Which is weird since I'm in Midtown Manhattan.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:41 PM

What city does my sig image say when you view this?

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Mount Laurel NJ, but I am in Minneapolis MN. I think Comcast is based in Mount Laurel.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:44 PM

says not found with me, probably cos im in uk

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:57 PM

it also says not found on mine, and I am in the States.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 02:18 PM

not found for me either Iron Geek :)

in the middle of the US.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 02:46 PM

It says not found for me too. =) And i use comcast as an ISP.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 02:50 PM

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holy crap it knows im in brooklyn!@! *is scared* :cry:

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 04:10 PM

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holy crap it knows im in brooklyn!@! *is scared* :cry:

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It does a whois and puts up the town of the isp it belongs to (more or less). Source code at:

http://www.irongeek....=security/igsig

but my hosting provider seems to be having problems right now.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:14 PM

"How is geolocation done?
Determining the country from an IP is relatively easy -- the IP registrars supply the information for free. Whenever an IP range is allocated, it is allocated to an organization that needs to supply their country when they register.

Determining the city from an IP is more difficult. One way would involve looking at all the IPWHOIS information for all IP ranges. This produces information that is not very accurate (an ISP covering an entire country may have all IPs registered to the same city), and may violate IPWHOIS agreements.

However, several organizations have found ways to more accurately determine the city of IP ranges. This is typically done by partnering with websites where users enter a city or ZIP/postal code (often when registering or ordering something). By looking at what IP ranges belong together, it is often possible to determine the city for IPs even if no information is known about that specific IP."

From:

http://www.dnsstuff....geolocation.htm

So you could thank your neighbor :(

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:17 PM

your sig says that the city is not foud, but under the host name, it gives me "pcp0311004pcs.venice01.fl.comcast.net" From that it would not be too hard to determine that I am in Venice, FL. The porn sites say 'sarasota' to me though. They probably get that from a traceroute.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:44 PM

What city does my sig image say when you view this?


Mine shows Ogden, UT. Eventhough I'm 925 Miles away (near Omaha, NE). But then again I'm at a truckstop and their HQ is in Ogden!

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 02:48 PM

From my experience the ISP you are using dosen't usually reveal the city you are actually from. According to your sig I'm in Denver, and according to IRC a lot of the time I'm in Florida, but occasionally it'll be right. They could also do a tracert and analyze that, but I don't see why pr0n sites would put so much work into that.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 02:56 PM

From my experience the ISP you are using dosen't usually reveal the city you are actually from. According to your sig I'm in Denver, and according to IRC a lot of the time I'm in Florida, but occasionally it'll be right. They could also do a tracert and analyze that, but I don't see why pr0n sites would put so much work into that.

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to fool the silly people into thinking they are gonna get laid like at adult friend finder.

AAF: "Find sexy singles looking to hook up in <YOUR CITY HERE!>"
USER: HOLY CRAPz0r! I CAN GET TEH \/\/0M3N!?!?  *CLICK CLICK CLIKC!!*
TEH WEB: SPYWAREE!!!!!! ATTACKK!!!!



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Posted 20 July 2005 - 02:56 PM

One good site to check how anonymous you are or what information your IP can give is at http://www.showmyip.com/

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 01:53 PM

What city does my sig image say when you view this?

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holy crap it knows im in brooklyn!@! *is scared* :cry:

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It does a whois and puts up the town of the isp it belongs to (more or less). Source code at:

http://www.irongeek....=security/igsig

but my hosting provider seems to be having problems right now.

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ShowMyIP.com and the infamous Adult Friend Finder sites get it more accurate. What database or WHOIS server do they use?

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:02 PM

id say IP




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