Verify you're hidden with conky

Sun 26 July 2015


I run a few scripts to ensure my identity stays hidden day to day on my laptop. Here's a few conky scripts to verify things are as they should be.


Because I don't always know my ip or what my VPN's ip is, I wanted conky to display the location I currently appear at from my VPN. If the location was the same as where I physically am, something's gone wrong. To implement this, I wrote a python script and using grab my location and print it to conky.

Here's the script I use to pull my location.

import requests

def main():
    headers = {
            'User-Agent': 'curl/7.9.8 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) libcurl 7.9.8 (OpenSSL 0.9.6b) (ipv6 enabled)'

    r = requests.get('', headers=headers)
    ipdata = r.json()
    print(ipdata['city'] + ', ' + ipdata['region'] + ', ' + ipdata['country'])

if __name__ == "__main__":

And here's the conky configuration I use to call it.

${goto 40}Location: ${execpi 600 python ~/scripts/conky/}

Note: VPN's don't always completely hide your location. See for an example of how it can be circumvented.

Mac Address

For my mac address I wanted to be able to see my wifi adaptors physical address and what it should be spoofed to. If the two are the same, something's else has gone wrong.

${if_existing /proc/net/route wlan0}
${goto 40}${execpi 600 ethtool -P wlan0}
${goto 40}Spoofed address: ${wireless_ap wlan0}


I also like to randomise my hostname on startup using this script.

${goto 40}Hostname: ${execpi 1000 hostname}

Category: Security


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