[kwlug-disc] [OT] Google sniffing wifi, collecting emails and passwords.
ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Jun 24 21:37:15 EDT 2010
On Thu, 2010-06-24 at 20:45 -0400, Chris Frey wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:10:01PM -0400, Bob Jonkman wrote:
> > On Mon, 2010-06-21 at 21:37 -0400, Chris Frey wrote:
> > > just like leaking
> > > your MAC address to your neighbours and to Google is a choice.
> > I suppose leaking your MAC address is a choice, but it's impossible to
> > use WiFi without leaking your MAC address. Even when your signal is
> > encrypted, and even when your SSID is invisible, the router's MAC
> > address will still be broadcast.
> I suspected that. Thanks for the clarification. That does leave the
> choice pretty bleak, but it's still a choice.
> - Chris
How is a MAC different than a house number? Really, unless you want to
be homeless, you do have to surrender some anonymity. In fact, a MAC is
more anonymous than a house number - the city doesn't register MACs.
And you can rotate your MAC every month if you were so inclined.
So what is worse? Google taking a picture of your house with the street
number in plain view, or recording your MAC address.
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