Google knows every Wi-Fi password entered from an Android device

Here's a disturbing story; a published report says that Google keeps a log of every Wi-Fi password ever entered into an Android device. According to the story, the list is not for human consumption which still doesn't take away from the idea that your Wi-Fi password is sitting inside a file at Mountain View. Android phones since Android 2.2 have sent back to Google the Wi-Fi password as a default setting on the handset...
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116 Comments

114. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

LOL..I know it! You know what else Google knows? Any and all passwords that you select "Remember my Passwords" when you visit a website. MS and Apple are the same with their options to "remember" website passwords as well as auto-fill info. Not sure why this is a story...I mean how else do I automatically connect connect to my home wifi when I get an new device. Oh Google, Apple, and MS also know all your contact, calendar dates, photos. Can someone also tell me how my son's new iPad automaticlly connected to my home wifi once I logged in to iCloud? Wouldn't that mean Apple is also "stealing" my data? When did I tell them they could remember/store my wifi password? Really though, if this worries you then DO NOT GET A SMARTPHONE! Problem solved and then no one knows your data that no one other than you care about.

116. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol...Exactly..

96. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

They only know what they are going to do with that. But the trueth is Google is one of Evil company out there disguise as genius. http://mashable.com/2012/01/18/google-apologizes-for-stealing-customers-from-kenyan-startup/

112. b.positive

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

No problem... Im connecting to my WI-FI using MAC address (dont have password at all)...

115. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its also amazing that this lil tidbit from the article is getting overlooked and why this is even a story: "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.....ppl....dont.....want.....the....wifi.....pa​sswords.....kept....by....google....dont ...use.....that.....backup....option.... Btw, that backup option was in Android before 4.2... Amazing the fear mongering that some ppl do.

2. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Not exactly a shock. I guess it's vulnerable to hackers, but then so is anything stored in a server, like more notably, payment methods; which most companies with online shops do. Also, Google doesn't know these Wi-Fi passwords; just like Amazon doesn't know all the card details stored on their servers which their users save.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Not exactly a shock." Agreed. If I didn't want my passwords backed up to a Google server, I would have opted out. Personally, I don't put my financial account passwords on my smartphone, so, no chance of getting those compromised. My home WiFi account password is only good if you are in range. My LTE WiFi hot-spot password is only good if you are within, what - 20 feet of my Note 2? Personally, IMO, the risk is acceptable.

12. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly... Also my Jelly Bean Sony Xperia has a "Back up my data" setting with a full description reading "Back up app data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers"... So this is no surprise, at least for me. Actually I'm thankful I don't have to type them all over when restoring my phones...

86. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Hmmmm.... I wonder how much electricity Hoogle wastes in storing those passwords.

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2327; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

More NSA-style fear mongering. Who cares. This changes nothing in your day-to-day life. inb4governmentIsInUrBedroomWatchingUsleep

63. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

its not NSA style fear mongering. It's Microsoft style fear mongering. redmondpie?

81. papss unregistered

Proof? Or are you just trolling as fact again?

4. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's the price you pay for convenience. If you are worried, just don't use Wi-Fi of anything to do with the net. I'll give you a free tip, everything is recorded on the net one way or another.

8. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

That's exactly it, and even going farther, if you never logged onto the internet you'd still be there because of your banking, employment, and a ton of other things that do use the net. Unless you totally live off the grid, things like this will and are going to happen.

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Always had a feeling that group always outside my house stealing Wi-Fi worked for Google.

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Okay.... So? Who cares? Why is this disturbing? It's not like some Google employee will decide one day to come to your neighborhood and use your password to watch some Youtube cats videos.

19. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Not the Google employee, just 1000 of his closest friends . . .

31. ilia1986 unregistered

Absolutely. A google employee violating strict company policy and protocol and risking his job just for his friends to have free wifi. That makes perfect sense.

34. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

I should have put Sarcasm, on there. They're not his friends. They are the highest bidders. . .

36. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Think about hackers and Intelligence services that can access to this data!

49. raghu67

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

let hackers and intelligence agencies come n start using my wi-fi. being a hacker i will get into their machine...

7. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

Slow news day I see. But no, by all means, go and make a big deal out of it.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Get the feeling it's rooted to a finger print scanner story about to break and herald the new god of security?

87. AppleHateBoy unregistered

What's next? "Google knows your Google Account password!!!!" BAM!!! Everybody freaks out...........

10. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Cool. I don't care. Is Google going to come to my house for my WiFi? Or any place that I've logged into WiFi. Which is like four places since I have unlimited LTE and have almost no need for WiFi.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope they don't need to, they simply get you to give it to them.

76. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

I'm missing your point? I chose to back it up myself. Why do I care if they have it? P.S. dude your huge. Now stop putting pics of yourself flexing on a tech website.

83. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol ok

84. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Glad to know you have the power to tell people what to do on the site. If I ever need any help, I know who to go to.

91. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know rite
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