Unknown user location in Fedora profile

I wonder why there is an unknown user location ( Soborg ) in preferences > security

I live 4 km from that location. What can be the explaination ?

Hi,

Maybe its where your ISP’s local exchange is.

Thanks Tom.

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Maybe that’s where your provider connects you to the internet. Geo location based on IP is not always 100% accurate. Just ignore it.

As an example, https://www.iplocation.net/ currently locates me 545 km away from my true location. In my home country that location is extremely precise. All depends on the ISP.

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Discourse uses Maxmind to do GeoIP lookups. I think “that’s where that service is reporting your IP as coming from” is likely the case. It seems from the screen shot that that’s actually where your current session is coming from (the green “active now”), so you could put your current public ip (get from http://icanhazip.com/) if you don’t know a convenient other way to grab it) into their demo and see what you get.

There’s a competing service to Maxmind, IP Address Geolocation Lookup Demo | IP2Location. It might be interesting to compare what that says just for the general interest. For what it’s worth, Maxmind gets my town right, but IP2Location thinks I am in New Jersey, which… I am not.

I can use administrative powers to look into this further, or make a support request for history if you like. Send me a PM if you want me to.

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Hi,

IP2Location doesn’t appear to be that accurate to me either, it thinks I’m in Edinburgh, Scotland. I’m actually located quite a bit south of that In England, Still the UK but quite a few hundred miles out. Maxmind is correct.

Thanks Tom.

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By ISP exchange I guess it is where small streams run into a river.

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I wiil ignore it then. Thank you for the link. It is usefull.

Thank you for all the links of knowledge your share. It’s allmost like X-mas. :santa:

If using a VPN could it then change the locations accuracy ?

Even when disconnect or choosing your origin of country ?

I didn’t connect VPN showing you the example but I did try to intergrate it CLI and the Routers configuration. But not the neighbor city is possible to choose :laughing:

Before I do the little experiment of comparing the IP’s to determine the Geo location.

I should try the testing with out abstraction. Certain things are interesting here as I fully want to understand the technical fundamentals.

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Yeah, with a VPN, your connections to external services (like this forum) will appear to come from one of your VPN provider’s exit IP addresses, and the location therefore the location of that exit point.

Many consumer providers let you pick an exit point by location, so you can appear to be coming from the country or city of your choice.

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I’m not really in Copenhagen but that was the VPN shows by switching to my original country. I’m approximately 12 KM. from the center of Copenhagen but I guess thats ok to try out https://www.ip2location.com where my IP Address 185.159.158.51 Demo is showing. But with https://icanhazip.com/ it shows 95.174.65.6. The first shows I’m in Reykavik on Iceland still. Even that I reconnect the VPN and logged out of ask.fedora.org. Could be that the Firefox browser stil are synced as I didn’t logged out of the browser or what other explanatio I can not figure out.

Guess that we can conclude that the accuracy isn’t exact by the ISP provider and it’s nothing to do with Fedora > Preferences > Security. And nothing to worry about :angel:

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