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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phoenix
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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?
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So ... why look for a list of SSIDs ahead of time, when you can just whip out your scanner while you are actually there, and get a real-time list of SSIDs that are currently online and nearby?

"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.
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Why would someone go way out into the boonies to try and maybe crack a wireless network at some house that probably has super slow satellite Internet, when they can just whip out their scanner while sitting in their hotel room, or local coffee shop and see what networks are around them? Why pick only 1 network to try, when you could have your pick of the dozens around you?

"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.
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Not really. Does having your name, phone number, and address in the local telephone book, which is also available nation-wide via the Internet, make you a bigger target? Not really.

Edited 2011-11-22 18:27 UTC

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