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VPN does not hide my location

  • I was trying to try one last thing, disable Flash.
    I browsed through the settings half a dozen times, basic and advanced but couldn't find anything flash related.

  • Here: opera://settings/content/flash

  • OK, found it, thanks!
    Checked the 3 leak-test sites (VPN set to the Americas), all 3 placing me into Europe (Vaduz, Unknown location, Russia). Not ideal but, at least, not my home town in Texas. Guess, I have to live with that.
    Thanks again for all the help.
    Ed

  • Worked for a few days.
    Now VPN is back to show my true location (set to the Americas or Europe) no difference.

  • @esebm said in VPN does not hide my location:

    Worked for a few days.
    Now VPN is back to show my true location (set to the Americas or Europe) no difference.

    If you try https://ipleak.net/ without your VPN enabled, you should get your own IP address. If you enable VPN and retry ipleak, do you get a different IP? If so, once again, something else is leaking the location information from your system. If not, then something is wrong with the VPN.

  • When I turned my PC on this morning (VPN on) the ipleak site displayed my true location. Turned VPN off, still my true location, obviously.
    However, when I turned VPN on again, ipleak showed my location in Europe. Apparently, VPN does not work automatically after boot-up but only when triggered OFF and ON again.

  • @esebm Once again, what matters in VPN usage terms is whether the VPN's IP address or your IP address appear when visiting a test site like https://ipleak.net/ , since the IP address is really all that a VPN necessarily masks. Whether any other things like OS geolocation (native or enabled in the browser) or stored browser cookies can be used by a site to infer one's location is unrelated to the VPN operation. In other words, it's a VPN issue only if using it is allowing your IP address to leak through... the other locator elements are unrelated to the VPN. Hence, this is why I keep asking which IP address (yours or the VPN's) is appearing in the ipleak tests, particularly when your location is not being fully masked.

    If something besides the IP address is leaking your true (or nearby) location, it's not the VPN; and you then have to track down and kill it at the source, whether leakage by WebRTC or cookies or whatever else a website's Javascript might be able to snoop off your machine.

  • Although Opera has VPN (make sure you understand that it is in use for ONLY Opera browsing), my sure fire VPN solution is to have bought a VPN utility for my Windows 7 laptop, cost is minimal and blocks my IP address for ALL my programs that use the internet on my computer. I use Easy-Hide-IP VPN, costs me about $47 for 6 months.

  • True it don't However, When you connect to a VPN it does make a Virtual Private Network from your Computer to the VPN. On how it knows your Location is down to the IP address that your ISP issues you.
    So that is how it knows the info of things in your location.

    You can use hid my ip, or similar to get a private browsing experience.

    I tried a test on my computer. I changed DNS, to Cloudflare and I turned on Opera VPN, and ran what is my ip address and it showed my ISP and my location. I tried a new test and turned off Opera VPN and Refreshed Browser and ran the same test. It shows me the same info.

    Regards

    Nigel

  • @nigelkurt71

    Re: VPN does not hide my location

    I tried a new test and it works just fine.

    I turned on my Opera VPN and then I opened up Ublock Origan Extension and activated
    Prevent WebRTC from leaking local IP addresses.

    So then I went to Whats is my IP Address and it did Not show my ISP or my location, but instead it said my ISP was Opera Mini Proxy and it showed me the location in Europe somewhere, So I looked into the IP and it shows me Services: Network sharing device or Proxy Server Type Wireless Broadband with Static IP Assignment. Therefore, it tells me I'm connected to Opera VPN via my Computer, and that WebRTC is not leaking my IP of my Real location.

    Hope this info helps

    Regards

    Nigel

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