[clug] Fwd: [AusNOG] Android storing SSID and WPA encryption keys

Alex (Maxious) Sadleir maxious at gmail.com
Thu Jun 16 04:57:39 MDT 2011

Yep. Android asks you if it can do this when you set up your Google
account for the first time on a device.... that is you can synchronize
your wifi settings ONLY after you have used your credentials. Other
android devices can't just download every wifi WPA2 key in the world.

I'm sure the author wishes he had uncovered some huge conspiracy but
unfortunately he simply didn't read the screen where it clearly says
"wifi passwords" and you can opt out right then and there
(In his comments he admits several times he logged in to his google
account and accuses google of not providing an opt out - PEBSAC)

It should be mentioned that both iOS and Android do provide an option
to send data about scanned wifi access points and their location (GPS
or cell phone tower triangulation) back to Apple/Google so they can
use that to improve location detection. See page 6 of
for details on the Apple side.

On Jun 16, 2011 8:17 PM, "Cody Miller" <kizmet at kizmet.id.au> wrote:

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