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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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Bleh. Looks like I'm going to run into problems connecting with some devices (so far, my Android phone for sure). So it looks like the SSID broadcasting will have to remain on at least for the time being. I am attempting to attack this problem by disallowing all devices whose MAC addresses I don't specifically allow to connect to my router. I refuse to add that retarded "_nomap" bullshit to my network's name, so this is all I have left that I can think of to do. Of course, this says nothing of MAC address spoofing.

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B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

Bleh. Looks like I'm going to run into problems connecting with some devices (so far, my Android phone for sure). So it looks like the SSID broadcasting will have to remain on at least for the time being. I am attempting to attack this problem by disallowing all devices whose MAC addresses I don't specifically allow to connect to my router. I refuse to add that retarded "_nomap" bullshit to my network's name, so this is all I have left that I can think of to do. Of course, this says nothing of MAC address spoofing.


Sorry to be blunt, but you don't seem understand how WLAN (or LAN, for that matter) is working. This will do nothing to mitigate your listing problem! Even unspoofed devices will pick up BEACON (and PROBE etc.) The only reliable way to get out of the list (mind you, not out of the database) is to follow Google's directions and add _nomap to your SSID.

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