Firefox 4: How to Disable Location Aware Browsing

By default, Firefox has location aware browsing enabled, allowing sites to request your geographical location and display content accordingly. If you do not want your physical location set to any site, you easily disable this functionality by following these steps.

1. Open Firefox.

2. Go to the address bar and input about:config.

3. Press Enter on your keyboard.

4. When the This might void your warrenty! message appears, simply click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button.

5. Locate and then double-click geo.enabled.

6. The value will change from true to false.

7. Restart your browser.

 

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  • http://www.tech-recipes.com David Kirk – Founder/Editor

    Hey, Rob. Do you know how helpful this really is? The server can always estimate your location from your IP address without the user’s permission. What is interesting is that this is another tie into Google for firefox. Firefox determines the location by sending your IP to Google…

    • http://www.tech-recipes.com/ Rob Rogers

      From Mozilla: “The Firefox Geolocation Feature will make requests to Google only if you tell the feature to do so.”

      • http://www.tech-recipes.com David Kirk – Founder/Editor

        But I think that’s how the feature works… if you allow the location feature to work at all, it obtains the information from google.

  • Rob Rogers

    From Mozilla: “The Firefox Geolocation Feature will make requests to Google only if you tell the feature to do so.”