Ok I am shocked, and can’t see how on earth this happened but hoping someone in here can help explain.
I want a FB account to contact someone on FB who I have no other way of contacting. I LOATH FB so I avoided it for weeks, but really have to make contact now.
I went into Windows 7 on a VM running on my machine. I cleared all temp data and cookies using clear browsing data Firefox extension). I installed these extensions:
Ublock Origin, Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere, Adblock Plus, WebRTC Disabled, Random User Agent.
I am using Private Internet Access VPN and connected to Hungary throughout the whole process (connected before starting Win VM)
I opened a private browsing window and went to facebook.com. I never use this win vm for any browsing or for anything else really, it’s just installed in case I need windows (i am on a mac). I went to facebook.com and signed up for a new account. I used my real first name but random second name, random date of birth and I used my protonmail email address (which has only been set up a month or two and is rarely used).
I got the verification code, verified the account in Firefox private browsing window (same window/tab as used to create account) and it took me to my profile page to start ‘adding friends’ and all that BS. Here is where I had a heart attack…
It offered me “suggested groups” and they are all my local TOWN. I live in a very remote place, so CLEARLY FB KNOWS WHERE I AM. WTF?!
Grateful for any suggestions as to how the hell they where I am! The only answer I can think of is PIA. I have done leak testing and my IP doesn’t leak as far as I know. I am totally confused, and more paranoid than before!
PS - I have resisted using Tor browser because I really don’t want to get flagged or watched, I don’t do anything illegal (by TODAY’s laws anyway, who knows about tomorrow!) - but now I am wondering about using it routinely. Having said that, would THAT even have prevented this happening?!