How to Tell Google to Ignore Your Wireless Network

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Google uses wireless networks to help location-aware devices locate themselves more quickly. But if you don’t like the idea of Google knowing where your network is on the map, you can tell Google to ignore your wireless network by adding “_nomap” to your network’s name (SSID). You can also turn off public broadcasting of the SSID.

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  • Because it wouldn’t be Google if it was opt-in instead of opt-out.

  • If you’ve ever used Google GPS turn-by-turn instructions on an Android phone for navigation (especially in big cities) you may just like me find it very helpful and probably know that the WiFi scan helps tremendously when the satellite positioning signal is very weak or not available because of tall buildings around you.

    Therefore the way I view it it would be unethical for me to tell Google not to use my WiFi access point SSID (name) and location (note that they don’t ever connect to it at all – they just collect the name), when I often depend on their (free) service and other good people who are kindly letting them use their WiFi location.

    The only thing you have to make sure regardless whether you opt out of this is to properly encrypt your WiFi, otherwise it’s like asking for it, and it’s only a matter of time before some cyber criminal hacks your network.