Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 21st Nov 2011 07:48 UTC
Google Last June, CNET disclosed that Google collects and publishes the estimated locations of millions of phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi devices. All without their owner's knowledge or permission. Google has finally announced how to exclude your home network from this database. Simply append "_nomap" to its name. Details over at CNET. Left unsaid is why the burden is placed on millions of individuals to opt-out, instead of on perpetrator Google.
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B. Janssen
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2006-10-11

Ah, yes, disable the BEACON and switch all your stations into PROBE mode, that will certainly increase network security and performance.

Snarkiness aside, if Google is really only picking up BEACON frames and no other traffic they would still have to look at each frame to realize it's not BEACON. All other frames originating from your wireless network, like the thousands of PROBE frames you get if you disable BEACON, also carry the SSID and can just as easily be harvested.

It may be more gratifying (and potentially effective) to change your SSID to "ScrewGoogle". Or "ScrewGoogle_nomap", if you are concerned about this data getting even more public ;) But face it, running a WLAN means being a radio broadcaster. Everybody can listen in and everybody with the simplest equipment can triangulate your position. Don't want that? Don't broadcast.

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