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  • I need to have VPN for unlocking geoblocked sites. Living in Costa Rica, using an american laptop and watching german TV. as I learned have to set vpn for europe to get other (hopefullly german) IP but uo to now doesnt work. somebody here to help??? Thanks

  • @poolworld Maybe you are not getting an IP from Germany?

  • @leocg @poolworld I opened a bug report because of a similar problem. Some US websites can detect my physical location in Europe, even when I have VPN active and set to Americas (with or without private browsing).
    Here is a relevant screenshot: https://ibb.co/mcBC1gY
    Here is the bug report:
    https://bugs.opera.com/browse/DNAWIZ-87428
    If these websites can detect the physical location, presumably so can many others. This might be a serious (perhaps life-threatening) problem for certain people, such as those living under oppressive regimes.

    Virgrod

  • @virgrod ya gunna have same results @ that webpage no matter which Vpn ya use.. and even if ya turn off JavasSript..

    try different vpns yourself and ya will see.. esp if they are - (Vpn browser extensions)

    have not tried proxies yet.. lol

    i doubt opera can do n e thing to fix this w/o other vpns and other OS jump 'n in do do sumthing to fix

    but ya never know Opera Team is really Good !.. *Go Opera Team..

    lf n e one knows a vpn paid or free that can bypass like they all should.. lemme know. *Thankyou in advance..

  • @virgrod It's not a bug, but just the website wrongly guessing your location. Or, better saying, wrongly guessing the location of the VPN's IP address.

    Other possibility is that the site is using a non-http connection to detect your real IP address and, based on it, your location.

  • @virgrod said in VPN / geoblocking:

    ... Some US websites can detect my physical location in Europe, even when I have VPN active and set to Americas (with or without private browsing). ... If these websites can detect the physical location, presumably so can many others. This might be a serious (perhaps life-threatening) problem for certain people, such as those living under oppressive regimes. ...

    One of the key sources of location leakage (even when using a VPN) is WebRTC functionality within a browser, and which is now being exploited by many websites who choose to geo-limit their media. If location leakage matters to you, go into Opera's Settings > Advanced > Privacy & Security > scroll down to WebRTC > and make sure "Disable non-proxied UPD" is selected. Note: while this setting will disable the WebRTC avenue of location leakage, it can cause problems to some sites which use various elements of WebRTC for their site performance.

  • @blackbird71 I followed you suggestion. Apparently the setting was already in the state that you suggest. I double-checked and tried the website again (from a new private window) with the same results. Whichever method they are using to determine my physical location (or true IP) seems unrelated to the WebRTC setting. Thanks anyhow.

  • @virgrod Imagining that you are not allowing those sites to use geolocation, the only other way would be by guessing the location based on the IP address.
    The problem is that some times the guessing may be wrong like I said before.

  • @leocg Sorry but I do not follow you at all. I don't know which guesses you are referring to. If the VPN service works as advertised the website can only "see" the IP provided by the Opera VPN and Nothing Else. All interaction between my computer and that website should be through the VPN server. They are not supposed to know that the VPN server is further relaying the traffic to me.
    I do Not believe for one minute that the website is just looking at the IP provided by the Opera VPN and making a wild guess that they are forwarding the traffic to a true user who is based in the EU (which is correct in my case). They must be using some technical means to extract my true IP somehow.
    Something isn't working. O/W, what on earth is the purpose of VPN? If these websites can do it, so can all others, which would render the VPN service pointless.
    screenshot: https://ibb.co/mcBC1gY

  • @virgrod The only ways for a website to know from where someone is connecting from is by using geolocation, that the user should enable and allow to get geolocation info, or by getting the user IP address, being it the real one or provided by a proxy/VPN, and asking to a third party service where that IP addess is located in.

    Sometimes those third party services may give the websites consulting them the wrong information about the (geo)location of an IP address, so those sites think that you are connecting from one place when you aren't.

    So, basically, the fact that that websites is saying that you are in Europe is nothing more than a coincidence, because it thinks that the IP address of the VPN is located in Europe.
    If you were in the US, that website most probably would think that you were in Europe the same way.

  • @virgrod Forget my above post.. because the vpn browser extenions were not work 'n right..

    loaded up a ram drive - installed newest opera stable

    and added 2 free vpn browser extenions..

    pic of opera - vpn set on Americas
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    ok - this pic with opera vpn off and nothin changed in browser settings..
    but as ya can see went right to the news..
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    all am say 'n is both free vpn went in

    and opera 's vpn did not.. lol

    Case Closed or Debate ! ?..

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