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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Why travel untold miles to some random access point just because it's on Google?

Maybe the person will be traveling on a trip to the state and will be nearby, and has nothing better to do than to crack in his free time?

Dude, do you seriously think some guy would travel 100's of miles to break into your access point when there's most likely hundreds of access point in his immediate vicinity? Seriously?
You shouldn't worry about some cracker 100 miles away, you should worry about the cracker next door.

Read above. And also, what if I didn't live anywhere near other people? Then it's an open invitation to a lone hotspot to crack in the middle of nowhere, while normally you'd be safe.

What makes you think you're a high-profile target? Is the SSID named NORAD? Is your location the White House?

Did I ever say I was a "high-profile" target? Hell no, so quit putting words in my mouth. Fact is, Google putting the SSID of my router and its geographical location on the big map makes me a potential target to a much larger group of people.

I'm done arguing. My opinion is not going to change, yours is obviously not going to change. I care about privacy and security. I think it's all bullshit, you don't. No point in going on. The end.

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