It is all based upon IP address and relatively harmless.. my personal blog
has code which greets the visitor with ".. extend a warm welcome to you, our
visitor from <IP address location>, and we hope that you enjoy our site". It
also shows the visitors national flag, always assuming that the IP address
database being used is up to date and accurate of course..
My IP address starts with the numbers '64' which is all of Ontario, Canada
and part at least New York state.. Ontario is the second largest province in
the second largest country on earth.. the rest of my IP address narrows me
down to just one part of Ontario, but even that part is larger than some US
states and countries around the world.. find me if you can!!
For advertizers, it is useful info.. for instance, if I have a friend in
Vancouver, BC (approx three thousand miles that-a-way) who wants me to check
out a car on a Vancouver auto sales website, it will be easy enough to
determine that I will not be buying a vehicle from it any time soon.. at
least 5 days anyway.. :-)
"Hiro" <Hiro@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Sometimes when I go websites, I find ads displaying info about me like my
> location which is dead accurate. It scares me a lot when ever I encounter
> these ads. Is there a way I can view all personal info on Vista and be
> to change it? Much thanks.
MS MVP Windows Shell/User