New research from the National University of Singapore has found that many of the world’s most popular browsers leak a user’s location down to their exact home address through geo-inference.
Geo-inference can track your location by measuring the timing of browser cache queries for geo-location services like Google and Craigslist. Moreover, people are very vulnerable to such attacks since most popular websites rely on location. The problem arises when the information from these websites is given to or hacked by third parties.
The scariest thing about such attacks is that they are very hard to defend against. The best defense is anonymizing software like SearchLock and Tor. The anonymizing software isn’t foolproof, though it is the best defense out there.
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