There’s a lot going on. We got LeBron James back. We’ve got a great food scene going on right now with chefs like Michael Symon and Jonathan Sawyer. The Republican National Convention is being held here next summer. Things are happening here.
Here’s the problem: Google seems to think I live in Hong Kong.
Last week, I was using my default browser, Google Chrome, and used the omnibox to search for something. Imagine my surprise when the results page was all in Chinese. A quick look determined that the search was defaulting to google.com.hk.
That’s weird. I typed in Google.com and was taken to Google.com.hk. Even my search settings in the omnibox were changed to google.com.hk.
I tried Safari and Firefox. Same result. Google keeps thinking I’m in Hong Kong. I’ve never been to Hong Kong. I’d like to check it out, sure, but I’m not there now.
I googled to see if others were having the problem, and several sites said to change the search settings in the omnibox preferences. While that’s fine, Google should know where I am. I re-installed Chrome. Hong Kong. I changed to DuckDuckGo in Safari then back to Google. Hong Kong.
Today, I noticed that even YouTube had gotten in on the game, putting me in YouTube HK, from both my personal and University accounts.
Here are two tips I’ve found to help alleviate this problem, but I’d prefer Google see my IP and where I am.
Tip 1 – use Google.com/ncr (no country redirect). That will reset cookies and has temporarily put me back in the USA.
Tip 2 – Use Google’s IP problem form to report the issue. I have done this today but Google says it may take up to a month to fix.