Should I be worried about being located like this ?
Well, there are two schools of thought on that one. "Yes", and "No" :-) I tend to fall into the "No" camp, and I'll try and explain why on this page.
There are two possible sources of worry over being located. Either you've got 'Authority' (in whatever manifestation) after you or you're worried about spammers (sorry - Internet direct-marketeers. Spit.)
If you've got 'Authority' on your case, there's nothing here that they don't already have access to, and in fact they'll know a lot more. They'll know exactly when you logged on (if you're DHCP or fixed-ip, modem or leased-line), and probably even have a packet-log for recent stuff. Face it. They've got you.
So, ignoring 'Authority', we're left with spammers. There are a few points I would make as to why the site isn't the panacea for spammers that some would believe...
I made this site up, mainly to see if I could, and to see if people would band together to collectively create something like this. It's looking good so far :-) One of my goals is a graphical 'traceroute' program, and a webstats program that lets me see where my visitors came from on a globe... just because I'm curious.
If you feel you have to pollute the DB, then by all means do what you feel is right. It's sort of disappointing given the work I've put into the site, but it'd be naive to think that everyone has put in their correct location.
For what it's worth as a final thought, I don't think hostip contributes in any
way to spammers targetting you. I think other agencies (govt,police,your ISP)
have far easier and more-effective methods to track you, so it's no use to
them either. It's just a "cool tool" for geeks like me :-)
Who owns Hostip.info?
Hostip.info is an open project. There are many mashups, plugins, and APIs to choose from, all contributed by the community as part of an ongoing open-source effort. The most important resource, obviously, is the data, which is completely free and also owned by, and contributed to by the community. The Hostip.info operations (hosting and bandwidth costs, etc) are sponsored by Net Industries, LLC.