Firefox 3.5: How to Disable Location-Aware Browsing

Posted July 4, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Mozilla Firefox

If you are concerned about your privacy and don’t wish for Firefox’s new Location-Aware Browsing feature, you have probably noticed that there is no setting to turn it off in the Preferences screen. You can disable this feature though, you just have to use about:config.

1. Open Firefox.

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

3. If you see a warning appear, click the I’ll be careful, I promise button.

4. Go to geo.enabled and double-click it.

5. The value for geo.enabled will change to false. You have just disabled Location-Aware Browsing.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks a lot Mr. shamanstears
    actually I didn’t even know that firefox 3.5 has got this feature 🙂
    Anyway i have disabled it.

  • hkBattousai

    What is “Location-Aware Browsing”?
    Looks like something interesting, can anyone explain it?

  • Anonymous

    thank you vry much Mrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr: whatever. but can u pls mail me about the other confi that i found over there, how i can use it in an effective way
    what i did now? (Location-Aware Browsing)
    mail me:
    usuphalikhan@aol.com

  • Anonymous

    Thanks!

    For the those of use who don’t trust Google at all, you can also change the location of the URL to which location requests are sent. Go to geo.wifi.url and change it to another website, preferably something that doesn’t exist.

    (You can use the Filter function at the top of the page to find it.)