Google knows every Wi-Fi password entered from an Android device
posted by Alan F. / Sep 14, 2013, 10:05 PM
Since it probably went right by most Android users, let's look at two builds. In Android 2.3.4, go to Settings and then Privacy. Om HTC models, Google gets your Wi-Fi password from an option called "Back up my settings," while on a Samsung device the naughty option reads "Back up my data." The unfortunate thing is that nowhere is Wi-Fi mentioned. The description reads "Back up current settings and application data."
In Android 4.2, go to Settings and then Backup and reset. The option is called "Back up my data," and the description for it reads "Back up application data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers".
If you want your mind boggled, consider that we are not talking about one Wi-Fi network at home. We are talking about every Wi-Fi network your Android phone logged into including the McDonald's down the street, or that Adult Film store that used to be a PhotoHut down the street. While Android users can opt out, all of this information could be turned over to law enforcement officials if Google is compelled to do so.
Did you ever buy a new Android phone, enter your Google account information, and the new phone instantly hooked up with your router? Google can decrypt the stored Wi-Fi passwords with just a Gmail username and password.
It might be too late for your original password, but it is not too late to opt out of Google's storing of your Wi-Fi password. Once you've done that, you should change your Wi-Fi password. And if this whole thing shocks you, you might be a little too trusting of those who hold your wireless life in their hands.
source: Computerworld via RedmondPie
Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012
Fear mongering. Why worry, are they going to use my bandwidth? Bte, Your porn shop offers free Wi-Fi, secondly and you use it? Not everything washed off.
posted on Sep 14, 2013, 10:11 PM 32
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This is just a sample of what Google is spying from our life! I think it even knows when I usually go to WC and sleep with ...!!!
posted on Sep 15, 2013, 1:07 AM 8
Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013
Do you think Google needs our password to connect their servers? :) It's just for us so we don't need to remember that And worry more about Apple's great vulnerabilities and Windows back doors and NSA The article is probably paid by Microsoft or US gov who are scared of open source
posted on Sep 15, 2013, 3:30 AM 8
Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013
Google is spying because I want him to save my Wi-Fi passwords so I don't need to remember that? What is the reason Google would want the Wi-Fi passwords? Because their connection is expensive so they need ours? :-D Can you read it? Funny logic you have, right? Aren't you an Apple user? I bet that :)
posted on Sep 15, 2013, 7:19 AM 4
Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 04, 2012
I don't think it's called spying when I give info to them. They have my credit card # and only God knows what not. It's my decision to give the information or not. If I wouldn't give the info to Google you could call it spying if they tried to obtain the info without my knowledge :-) You call it spying I call it convenient :-) Google even remembers my damned password to this site which I wouldn't be able to remember otherwise (or bother)
posted on Sep 15, 2013, 8:11 AM 6
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Do no evil, Because we are here. So you don't need to......
posted on Sep 15, 2013, 2:15 PM 0
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What about Apple and Microsoft are they saints? Credit cards companies and banks? Have you ever bought something and without giving your address or e-mail address started to receive messages or letters about other products from the same family? A week after my daughter was born I’ve got a box from Nestle with a sample of their formula? Privacy is dead since the first communication device was invented. Today our life is as public as the Metro toilet. You must see the following video: As I can't publish URLs , please look on Youtube for the following title: Steven Rambam. Privacy is Dead - Get Over It
posted on Sep 16, 2013, 10:21 AM 0
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