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#1 gameboy1977

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:41

Android Users: Google Has ALL Your Wi-Fi Passwords




#2 Joe User

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:43

I could be wrong, but I think most users figured that out when they clicked 'back up your passwords'.



#3 stevan

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:43

I don't use android but I'm sure Apple is able to get the same data from their users. 



#4 spenser.d

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:44

Uh yeah, if you back up your phone to them, they have your password. Not sure how this is news or a surprise to anyone, or why it should matter.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:43

ouch



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:46

Yeah, convenience feature. Nice to reset my device or switch devices and have the passwords on the phone. I know some of the places I visit (family, friends) have crazy strong passwords, and it's a pain in the ass to type (I know there are other methods). 



#7 Max Norris

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:48

Uh yeah, if you back up your phone to them, they have your password. Not sure how this is news or a surprise to anyone, or why it should matter.

I'd bet some people gloss over what their phone is actually doing and/or don't look at the settings, the "non tech I just want a phone" types.. I'm sure it'll surprise a few out there. Personally, it's in the "duh" category, kind of a given when one of the first things my phone asked is if I want to keep stuff synced remotely. For me it's kind of handy, my network's password is a tad complicated and a pain in the butt to type on a small touch keyboard. I'll worry about it when I see a Google truck parked outside my house.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:51

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:53

^ wat?



#10 Roger H.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:56

Yeah, sorta expected because it does say it will save the information on Google's servers so yeah.... :ermm:



#11 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 14:59

Yes, because Google are going to trek aaaaaaallllll the way out to my house just to glom onto my network and get free internet... :rolleyes:



#12 +warwagon

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 15:02

Actually, I like this, I should use this. I hate it when I go back to a bar after resetting my phone and it forgot the wifi password.



#13 green_link

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 15:03

omg what can they do with that information!? are they going to come over to my house and use my wifi!? /s



#14 Denis W.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 15:03

I suppose we should go after Microsoft for syncing passwords in Windows 8, Apple for storing passwords in the iCloud keychain, Lastpass for having a treasure chest of passwords handed to them by unsuspecting fools, Mozilla/Opera/whoever for keeping website passwords synced....

#15 Max Norris

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 15:04

Yes, because Google are going to trek aaaaaaallllll the way out to my house just to glom onto my network and get free internet... :rolleyes:

I could see a rogue Google employee using it to break into a company/government agency/etc wireless network to steal data... but I'd have to have my til-foil hat on reeealy tight to say that with any sense of confidence. Yea, Google's done some dick moves lately, but this is just, well, duh, never mind hardly Google specific.



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