[FoRK] Fwd: [ PFIR ] Google announces opt-out for wi-fi location database, but beware of possible side effects

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Tue Nov 15 07:23:44 PST 2011


Never mind, I found it on gearth...(.kmz)

On 11/15/2011 6:12 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> Cool, what's your password?
>
> On 11/15/2011 6:04 AM, mdw at martinwills.com wrote:
>> My (doesn't broadcast) ssid is "home".
>>
>> --Martin--
>>
>>
>>> I don't get it. Why would Google ever know anything about your Wifi? If
>>> you choose to make your ssid publicly broadcast, it's publicly
>>> broadcast. At least they admit to it unlike the tens of other people who
>>> discovered it. Is the complaint that they've just reduced the cost to
>>> centralized the info and made it searchable? Likewise, if you don't
>>> properly password protect that publicly broadcast ssid, you will have
>>> people using it. If you care anything about security, not to mention
>>> privacy, you shouldn't be broadcasting that at all.
>>>
>>> I have a better idea, we should have a campaign that everyone change
>>> their ssid to "wireless," "netgear," "linksys," or "default."
>>>
>>> Greg
>>>

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