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I wanted to know if there's a website that will pin point my current location?  Basically, where I'm presently connecting from to get out to the internet.
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by:TommySzalapski
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http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation

This uses your IP address to find your approximate location. Note that IP addresses will not get you a very precise location and if you are connecting through a proxy it may be way off. There is no better way built into regular PCs unless you have some kind of GPS hardware installed (like smart phones do).
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Yes and no.  Your IP address can be used to locate your ISP because that who it belongs to.  As to where you actually and precisely are, no one can easily find that.  At least not without a search warrant and a great deal of effort.  Even with a warrant, it's not nearly as easy as they show it on TV.  A lot of people have 'dynamic' IP addresses which change, some often, some not.
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Any other suggestions?  I tried the first link and it was not very accurate.
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Again, it won't be very accurate. You need GPS hardware or some other method to get more accurate. All your computer sends out to the web that can be used to get a location is the IP address. That's as good as you can get without something else.
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The direct answer is "No." There is no 'other suggestion'.

I'm currently up in western Washington, across Puget Sound from Tacoma. If you try to find my location, the best you'll do is an address in Louisiana. (A couple years ago it would have shown as in New York.)

Now, the FBI, NSA, CIA, etc., probably have more access than any software available to private citizens. They can (probably) access ISP/telco phone switching info that makes the logical jump across from "internet" to "phone line" or other data that can provide the termination point, but you are extremely unlikely to obtain the same privileges. (If you do, you're likely to violate multiple federal laws.)

This is very different from GPS as has been mentioned already.

Tom
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