Why does my location appear to be further away from my store while I am at my store?

by Shelby Burke

Have you ever wondered why the location of your jobs looks to be tens of miles away even while you're sitting in the store? ๐Ÿ‘€ You're not alone!

 Our phones and computers can have a mind of their own if they aren't set up correctly. Here are some things to keep in mind for why this might be happening!

1. Your computer or phone tries to guess your location based on your IP address location which isn't always accurate. IP geolocation is the mapping of an IP address to the geographic location of the internet from the connected device. By geographically mapping the IP address, it provides you with location information such as the country, state, city, zip code, latitude/longitude, ISP, area code, and other information.

2. If your computer or phone has cached results, that could also make your location less accurate. Caching is the process of storing copies of files in a cache, or temporary storage location so that they can be accessed more quickly. Caches on the Internet serve a similar purpose; they temporarily store the 'supplies', or content, needed for users to make their journey across the web. You can try clearing the cache/cookies as well, but that doesn't always guarantee results.

3. Sometimes your computer or phone might be using a VPN without knowing it. A VPN is a service that both encrypts your data and hides your IP address by bouncing your network activity through a secure chain to another server miles away. This obscures your online identity, even on public Wi-Fi networks, so you can browse the internet safely, securely, and anonymously. When this is set up, it could show you being at a different location than where you actually are. 

*To see if you're using a proxy/VPN online, go to www.whatismyproxy.com. It will say if you're connected to a proxy or not. PC: Check under your WiFi settings, to see if there is a VPN/proxy showing up.*

4. Be sure you are using your WiFi services. The accuracy of triangulation is around 1km. Not as accurate as GPS which is within a few yards, but to within maybe a 1/2 square mile area. Locating a mobile phone-based on a single cell tower can place the mobile phone in a broad area, but it cannot pinpoint it. Having your WiFi on can help hone in on your location.