Thursday, February 23, 2017
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
New Razer Power Bank Will Charge Your Laptop, Smartphones
New HARMAN Infotainment System Integrates Apple CarPlay Through Wireless Connectivity
TSMC Outlines Its 5-nanometer Road Map
Qualcomm To Offer Developers VR Headset Powered By The With Snapdragon 835
New UHS-III SD Cards Will Offer Up To 624 MBps Transfer Rates
Google AI Tools Lets You Identify Malicious Comments on Your Website's Articles
Samsung Mass Produces 10nm Exynos 9 Application Processor
LG's Super UHD TV with Nano Cell Technology Complements OLED TVs in The Company's Premium TV Lineup
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Mobiles > Your An...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Thursday, July 03, 2014
Your Android Phone Is Telling the World Where You've Been


Your new Android phone may be broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that wants to listen, even when your phone's screen is off and it's not connected to a Wi-Fi network, the Electronic Frontier Foundaton discovered.

This location history comes in the form of the names of wireless networks your phone has previously connected to -- for example, your home's Wi-fi network. EFF says that this data is dangerous because it clearly denotes in human language places that you've spent enough time to use the Wi-Fi.

EFF discovered that many of the modern Android phones leaked the names of the networks stored in their settings (up to a limit of fifteen).

Some other platforms also suffer from this problem although for various reasons, EFF says Android devices appear to pose the greatest privacy risk at the moment.

EFF traced this behavior to feature introduced in Android Honeycomb (Android 3.1) called Preferred Network Offload (PNO). PNO is supposed to allow phones and tablets to establish and maintain Wi-Fi connections even when they're in low-power mode (i.e. when the screen is turned off). The goal is to extend battery life and reduce mobile data usage, since Wi-Fi uses less power than cellular data. But for some reason, even though none of the Android phones EFF tested broadcast the names of networks they knew about when their screens were on, many of the phones running Honeycomb or later (and even one running Gingerbread) broadcast the names of networks they knew about when their screens were turned off.

Responding th EFF's finding, Google said:

"We take the security of our users' location data very seriously and we're always happy to be made aware of potential issues ahead of time. Since changes to this behavior would potentially affect user connectivity to hidden access points, we are still investigating what changes are appropriate for a future release."

Additionally, a Google employee submitted a patch to wpa_supplicant which fixes this issue.

A workaround is available for users who want to protect their privacy right now: go into your phone's "Advanced Wi-Fi" settings and set the "Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep" option to "Never". Unfortunately this will cause a moderate increase in data usage and power consumption.




Previous
Next
Google Restores Search Links To British Newspaper Articles        All News        Samsung Closes Video Hub
Apple Hires Tag Heuer Exec For iWatch Launch     Mobiles News      Qualcomm To Make Snapdragon chips In China

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Android Wear 2.0 Goes Live With New LG Watch Sport And Style Smartwatches, Verizon's First Smartwatch
Google Assistant Coming on Android TVs
Google To Launch First Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches Early 2017
Qualcomm to Collaborate with Google on Android Things OS
Android 7.1.1 Update Coming To Google Smartphones
Researchers Say 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by "Gooligan"
Google Says Android Helps Competition
Sprint To Upgraded SMS To Android Users
Android Devices Vulnerable To Physical RAM Attack
ZTE Will Launch 4K Capable Android TV Set-Top-Box at Broadband World Forum 2016
Google Offers Up To $200K In Android Vulnerability Rewards Program
Android 7.0 Nougat Released For Nexus Devices And LG V20

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2017 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .