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Forum Thread: automatic detection of user's location fails

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Andreas2 automatic detection of user's location fails
Member 1st Sep, 2010 18:45
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Hi,
thanks for your new version / Beta. I appreciate your work and love to test the Beta..
This is a minor issue.
PSI 2.0beta shows the user's estimated location in the upper right hand corner of the main screen:
"...How secure is your PC compared to users from Hessen, Germany?..."

My location is at least 100 km away from Hessen. My current IP is 84.167.103.197, my location is in the Land of Niedersachsen.

I suppose you use one of the common IP locator services available (like ip-analyzer.info, ip-look-up.com, utrace.de). They all show incorrect results for the IP given like Darmstadt, Heppenheim, etc.

So, if there is apparantly no way to get it right, I wouldn't mind to remove this feature of the Land - I feel it is enough to compare the user's result with the state (Germany).

cheers
Andreas

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esque RE: automatic detection of user's location fails
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This feature works just fine for me (Berlin, Germany).
I guess the accuracy depends on factors like your provider and how he assigns IP addresses.
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Anthony Wells RE: automatic detection of user's location fails
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Hello Andreas ,

You control your world map location .

On the dashboard page of the PSI , select Secunia Community Profile (->left hand column -> configuration) and you will see your location and it's drop-down menu allows you to select your part of Germany .

Click on your location in the dashboard (top right) and your browser will take you to the World Map where you can find lots of statistics (!!) and details of your and everybody else's location data .

Same process applies to all versions of the PSI .

Hope this helps .

Anthony



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Andreas2 RE: automatic detection of user's location fails
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Last edited on 1st Sep, 2010 23:46
Hi there,
thanks for your answer.
I already had found that configuration panel and tried to input values.
Unfortunately I didn't succeed.

I created a profile, but it is not shown after "create".

Then, I tried the option "recover Secunia profile" - also no success :-(

Edit:
Now I got my profile saved, after a number of tries.
But, while the entry in 'world map location' now reads Germany :: Niedersachsen, the comparison still reads How secure is your PC compared to users from Hessen, Germany?
/Edit

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Anthony Wells RE: automatic detection of user's location fails
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Last edited on 1st Sep, 2010 23:59
Andreas ,

Your PSI profile needs to match or be consistent with the Forum profile you have created to log-in and post here - especially email and password .

When you tried to create a profile in the PSI was this your first time or have you had an earlier version of the PSI and an existing profile - that is the one you can recover . An old profile should have appeared automatically after updating to this version .

If this is a first attempt , try closing and exiting the PSI from the tray icon and then reload using the "all programmes" icon - if you can take the time , a reboot may also help .

Anthony

Edit : after your edit :)) same reload etc. applies to get the PSI to reset . The data needs to be reset at Secunia servers , the GUI shows the last set of data .

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Andreas2 RE: automatic detection of user's location fails
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Last edited on 2nd Sep, 2010 01:19
Hi Anthony,

> When you tried to create a profile in the PSI was this your first time or have you had an earlier version of the PSI and an existing profile - that is the one you can recover . An old profile should have appeared automatically after updating to this version .

Well, there was an earlier profile, but I do not remember either username nor password. When updating PSI, no profile appeared.

> ...- if you can take the time , a reboot may also help .

Hmm, while rebooting, Windows XP freezed and said, that "RPCSS is being started" for several minutes. Can RPCSS have something to do with Secunia software?
(I have Windows configured to boot in verbose mode).

After five minutes or so, I switched (Alt + TAB) to the login screen, where Windows refused my login, saying "domain A5050e is not available".

After reboot this did not re-occur.

After that, I tried again:
In Secunia dashboard it reads
Secunia Community Profile: <unregistered user>
Opening up the Secunia Community Profile by double click leads to the table, where I put in
Username Andreas2
Your Name <my real name>
Email <my email, as I used to create this forum profile>
WorldMapLocation <my location>

Now I hit Create Profile

Program says Please wait while the Secunia Community Profile is saved

That's it. After that, it still reads "unregistered user".
and
"...Hessen, Germany..."
I have no more ideas.

EDIT:
I found the windows registry value "UserID"
in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Secunia\PSI
After clearing the value PSI starts up welcoming me as a new user. It starts a long full-scan. After that, a new User ID appears in the Win Reg.

My problem still exists:
I can neither create a user name nor recover an existing profile in PSI.
It keeps saying <unregistered user>

/EDIT
cheers
Andreas


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Anthony Wells RE: automatic detection of user's location fails
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Hi Andreas ,

Much too late for me to continue now .

This is what your RCPSS would seem to be :-

http://www.cexx.org/rpc.htm

You may wish to do your own websearch for process information .

You may well have confused the PSI , Secunia database , me and yourself .

The PSI will display the previous data from the Secunia server : eg : the last scan data until you run a full scan with some programme monitoring changes (if you have that selected in "settings") .

Like I said , it's late ; I personally would do a complete shutdown and do a cold restart tomorrow ; if the PSI runs and scans OK for now , then the priority would seem to me to be to check the RCPSS situation and then start afresh on your profile .

Bi for now .

Anthony

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