This is something I was wondering while trying to improve my privacy.
Mobile devices tend to use geolocation based on WiFi networks they find available (thanks to evil Google...).
One could use airplane mode for most of the time and hope that the "angels" at Google et al. adhere to this setting, but during initial device setup or perhaps even during OS startup, (I guess) there is no built-in way to prevent that. Or am I wrong?
Has anyone any hack ideas for preventing a device from seeing WiFi networks?
I guess this is not something easy, but I was wondering if there is a cool way I haven't thought of. Some quick and crazy ideas of mine:
Things that will render the device useless:
- Using a jammer of some sort
- Wrapping the device in aluminium foil
- Entering an EMF-shielded place or going into the wilderness
- Removing the WiFi antenna from the device will require invasive measures, and devices nowadays make it hard to allow internal access to you without breaking their body.
- Finding all the data upload domains and blocking them will probably not be easy at all.
If anyone has any other ideas, I would love to hear them. Anything applicable to Android devices, iOS devices, Windows laptops, etc.
And it is funny that no competitor even thought of producing more privacy-oriented products to compete with others. While they strive to secure their devices from hackers.
This whole post might sound funny, but having sensors collect data and send them to anyone does not sound like a good idea to me. Everyone is bothered with security and totally neglect privacy. For me, the only difference between the two is who the perpetrator is: evil Google or an evil person who will most likely be less sophisticated than Google.