The Google Chrome browser, much like Firefox, has a geolocation feature. Geolocation in this context means that websites and services can utilize the user's location to provide personalized contents. A basic example would be a website that displays information based on the visitor's location in the world. A weather report website could benefit from this for instance.
But geolocationdoes raise the alarm bells of some users who prefer not to be traceable at all. Geolocation is by default disabled in Firefox.
Google Chrome handles the matter slightly different. Geolocation is enabled but will only be accessible by a website or service is the user accepts it first.
A confirmation message like the one above will be displayed whenever the user opens a website that makes use of the location feature in Google Chrome.
Users who never make use of the geolocation feature can disable it easily in the browser's options. Please note that geolocation is a feature of Google Chrome 5 and not available in previous versions of the web browser.
Click on the tools icon and then on Options in Google Chrome. Switch to the Under the Bonnet tab and click the Content settings button.
Switch to the Location tab in the new Content Settings window.
Three possible states for the geolocation feature are offed:
The second option is the default option. Just switch to the do not allow any site to track my physical location option to block all geolocation requests automatically.
Firefox users can take a look at the guide to disable location aware browsing in Firefox to check and disable geolocation in their web browser if necessary.
You can test the browser's geolocation feature on this website.
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.