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#1 len.moret

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:41 AM

Hey All,

 

 For some time now, I frequently use a vpn tunnel (Frootvpn). I use it in combination with Win 10 and Chrome browser. I use this tunnel predominantly for safety when banking etc. I also like to screen my activity from prying eyes like internet providers, creepy crawlers and such. Anyway, I felt rather safe until last when I saw that Google, while signing in to Google, already recognized it was me before I gave any credentials. I could see that I was recognized because my avatar showed on the login page.  I thought that was odd and looked if any passwords were stored in Chrome. That was not the case.  So I conclude that my system is sending my identity out on the internet without my consent.

 

Now is my question: How to stop sending my identity out on the internet. I tried searching any check-boxes or switches in Chrome but I couldn't find any relevant boxes to check.

 

As always thanks in advance for your answers.

 

Sincerely,

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 04:36 AM

If this was after you were putting in your username and before the password input, it's normal (for Google)...  :whistle:

Google simply recognizes your device/browser and even VPN IP (if you used it before) combination if you give your username, even if you delete all browser traces!

 

If it was before even typing in your username, you probably didn't clear your browser cache/history/cookies...

Clear it manually or navigate to Settings-Show advanced settings-Content settings and check "Keep local data only until...".

 

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If you check "Block third-party cookies..." some features will not work anymore, so this one you have to decide for yourself!

 

Greets!



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Posted 22 January 2016 - 06:06 AM

Thanks for your explanation and the cookies manual,

 

I will check the required box and will get back if I have additional questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Len



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Posted 22 January 2016 - 10:00 AM

You're welcome!  B)

 

Greets!



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Posted 28 January 2016 - 01:01 PM

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There is one piece of advice I'd like to give you. Find one of those sites that tells you your IP adress (just search what is my ip on google), visit a few while you are browsing normally, note down the ip adress given and the geographic locaton of it. then repeat this procedure but while browsing through the vpn. Are your geographic location and IP different when going through the vpon to when operating normally? You can alos make similar checks in gmail by looking at the rceent activity link in the bottom right, it lists all you recent logins, look at them, is the ip adress and location for these different when going through the vpn to how it is when browing normally? This should tell you if the vpn is working, if it is the ip ad location won't be the same when you go through it.

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 05:42 PM

How can I alter or hide my IP address?
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Posted 29 January 2016 - 01:26 PM

Post#1,


There is one piece of advice I'd like to give you. Find one of those sites that tells you your IP adress (just search what is my ip on google), visit a few while you are browsing normally, note down the ip adress given and the geographic locaton of it. then repeat this procedure but while browsing through the vpn. Are your geographic location and IP different when going through the vpon to when operating normally? You can alos make similar checks in gmail by looking at the rceent activity link in the bottom right, it lists all you recent logins, look at them, is the ip adress and location for these different when going through the vpn to how it is when browing normally? This should tell you if the vpn is working, if it is the ip ad location won't be the same when you go through it.

Thank you for your suggestion,

However, the challenge was not that my ip and location was not changed, that works ok with frootvpn. I checked that on GRC.com.

 

I didn't understand why Gmail knew that it was me before I was logged in. Since I changed my browser-settings according to the advice of GNULINUX here above, Google recognizes me only when I offer my user-name and not before. Still a sort of big brother but not as alarming as before.

 

Anyway thanks again for your effort.

 

Sincerely,

 

Len



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Posted 29 January 2016 - 01:29 PM

 

Thanks for the link, very enlightening.

 

Sincerely,

 

Len



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Posted 29 January 2016 - 02:20 PM

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