Local time/exact city released

Is it common for IOS Safari browser to release local time/city during IP/DNS leak testing? I conducted multiple tests using 3 different testing websites and one of the test revealed exact city I was in thus curious if it’s common for browser to release local time/city to websites? Obviously, by knowing the local time w/ different Regional IP address will red flag websites.

Hey @Rahuley

I certainly understand your concern in regards to DNS leak testing. If possible could you reach out to our support team with screenshots of what you are seeing on your end, and we would be happy to take a look. Also, if possible which testing site you were seeing this on.

You can reach out to us at https://support.goldenfrog.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Regards,

I used https://www.dnsleaktest.com/, https://ipleak.net/ and doileak.com
I conducted several tests at different timings w/ different VPN/DNS configurations and concludes that by changing time in IOS provides remedy. It was set at an auto location detection. I used DNSclock app for DNS encryption and IKEv2 protocol. Surprisingly, even location off in safari still unmasked the city. I am located in eastern US time which covers substantial geographical area, but only doileak.com website revealed the exact city.

Hey @Rahuley

In regards to what you are seeing, that is due to the time zone settings on the device and what it is set to and not the VPN. I tested on my end as well on the doileak.com , I would also suggest you disable all location services in your browser and any location services on the device.

Regards,

Did you guys also replicated the results? By turning the location off in IOS, it also disrupt banking apps and other apps. What other alternative is there to bypass browser disclosing location?

On our iOS devices here that we use for testing, we are not able to see anything which looks like a DNS leak on any of the sites which have been mentioned in this thread. If you see anything which looks like a DNS leak, please send a screenshot to our support team at the link Kane provided above.

As far as banking and other apps are concerned, we would recommend leaving location services on, if you’ve noticed that those apps have trouble working with location services turned off.