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Bug/WARNING: Opera VPN server location reported is ON WRONG CONTINENT!?

  • I'm using Opera: Version:56.0.3051.52/Opera is up to date/Update stream:Stable/System:Mac OS X 10.12.6 64-bit.
    I have Opera's VPN enabled with the setting Americas, and "VPN" is blue, indicating it's working. But every* site I'm connecting to thinks I'm not in the New World (i.e. the Americas) even though that both is where I am AND is where I've told Opera to find a VPN server to use. I've tried reconnecting a couple times and I get a different IP, but it's always in the Old World.
    This is not OK. If I've set/told it to connect from the Americas, which I have, and there aren't any VPN servers in the Americas it can connect to, the app should fail/say so, not connect anyway, but from somewhere else!!! 😤

    *https://www.where-am-i.co/my-ip-location says I'm in Paris,
    https://www.google.com thinks I'm in the Ukraine, etc.
    LastPass thinks I'm in NORWAY. (All three while my server is 77.111.246.20)
    I see the network - 77.111.246.0/24 is assigned to HernLabs of Sweden.

  • I agree, and the option to change servers is misleading because they all are "seen" by websites as being in eu, or ua with google.
    I also get different results with the different browser reflector sites.
    These two are good.
    https://browserleaks.com/ip
    https://whoer.net/#extended
    It is probably the geoip data base they use, but most web sites will see your location as sweden or central eu.
    But not google - even the local city hall site with a google widget on it displays in Ukrainian within the widget. So, you have to change language on most google sites or widgets/signons:
    український with an arrow to open drop down list
    or
    мова on a menu

    That is as good as it gets, unfortunately.

    See also https://forums.opera.com/post/157572

  • I just check it again, the google site https://www.google.com/maps/ is displaying in English now at 23:20 us central. 04:20 utc. It was en with all the server locations.

  • It was already discussed and the problem is on the site side.

    See http://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2018/01/opera-50-introduces-anti-bitcoin-mining-tool/#comment-3693794894

    Also see the several other topics on this subject opened in these forums

  • OK, this is REALLY CONFUSING/MESSED UP - - and explained at the end!🙂 ) Currently, Opera (Version:56.0.3051.52
    Opera is up to date
    Update stream:Stable
    System:Mac OS X 10.11.6 64-bit)
    with the VPN on, and "Bypass VPN for default search engines" OFF,
    google reports at www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=where+am+i+ip :

    Geolocation data from IP2Location (Product: DB6, updated on 2018-11-1)
    IP Address Country City
    66.249.69.90

    This is really really strange - this is NOT my real IP address or my VPN IP address.

    🧐 🤓 ...OK I UNDERSTAND! Google is showing me CACHED CONTENT - hence the info is the IP of google's web spider.🤓 🧐

  • @leocg said in Bug/WARNING: Opera VPN server location reported is ON WRONG CONTINENT!?:

    http://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2018/01/opera-50-introduces-anti-bitcoin-mining-tool/#comment-3693794894

    I see that in that post from 10 months ago, a staff member says "We're working on a proper fix".

    https://www.iplocation.net shows some useful-to-such-a-fix info:

    Geolocation data from IP2Location (Product: DB6, updated on 2018-11-1)
    IP Address Country Region City
    77.111.246.196 United States Virginia Ashburn
    ISP Organization Latitude Longitude
    Opera Software AS Not Available 39.0437 -77.4875

    Geolocation data from ipinfo.io (Product: API, real-time)
    IP Address Country Region City
    77.111.246.196 Norway Not Available Not Available
    ISP Organization Latitude Longitude
    HERN Labs AB HERN Labs AB 59.9500 10.7500

    Geolocation data from EurekAPI (Product: API, real-time)
    IP Address Country Region City
    77.111.246.196 Europe - -
    ISP Organization Latitude Longitude
    Opera Software AS Opera Software AS 47.0 8.0

    Geolocation data from DB-IP (Product: Full, 2018-11-2)
    IP Address Country Region City
    77.111.246.196 Sweden Östergötland Linköping (Innerstaden)
    ISP Organization Latitude Longitude
    HERN Labs AB Hernlabs 58.4116 15.6268

    So, IP2Location gets it right, as does EurekAPI , but the other two get it wrong. Clearly, a fix would be for Opera (or perhaps a user?) to contact the other two! Links on the actual page... Hello, https://disqus.com/by/michaowicki/? @michaowicki ? Looks like @Michał left Opera very shortly after posting that. Any idea who's working on it, @leocg? Good to pass that info on in case the right person(s) don't have it/forgot about this bug.

  • @mrelvey said in Bug/WARNING: Opera VPN server location reported is ON WRONG CONTINENT!?:

    I see that in that post from 10 months ago, a staff member says "We're working on a proper fix".

    It's already there and it's called 'bypass VPN for default search engines'.

  • Can someone with the info (from Opera?) on all the IPs please post it here and send it here? : https://ipinfo.io/contact

    [edit:]: and here: db-ip.com/report/ ?

  • What for?

  • @leocg IMO, that's a very partial fix. But thanks for the quick reply. The roadblock that I keep hitting, and this started pretty recently, is that multiple websites I have logins to are freaking out and either making it very hard to log in, or even straight up LOCKING MY ACCOUNTS because of where they think I'm logging in from. I probably should have mentioned that in my OP! (Can't now; it's not editable. Only recent posts are editable, it seems.)

  • The fix is to solve the problem with search engines giving results in a language that the user doesn't speak, making them unuseful for the users.

    The problem of sites guessing wrongly from where you are connecting from is difficult for them to fix because it's not an Opera or VPN issue.

  • @leocg It wasn't a problem 'till the switch to the new VPN system/infrastructure - to IPs that aren't even on the same continent as the IP registry they're from. So are you willing to send the info to the 2 providers I mentioned that have your IPs geolocated wrong or not?
    I think I've explained why, but if it's not clear how it would help with the problem I'm reporting, let me know.

  • That's the point, I don't see how it would help the sites to guess your location correctly.

    Well, on the first site the geolocation is correct while in the second it isn't.

    Now, seeing that only the third section of the IP changes when you change the region, I think that there is a chance that they may be using some virtual IP.