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Android Map: Google's Web mapping can track your phone


Android phones with location services enabled regularly beam the unique hardware IDs of nearby Wi-Fi devices back to Google, a similar practice followed by Microsoft, Apple, and Skyhook Wireless as part of each company's effort to map the street addresses of access points and routers around the globe. That benefits users by helping their mobile devices determine locations faster than they could with GPS alone.

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Android map exposes the data that Google has been collecting from virtually all Android devices and street view cars, using them essentially as global wardriving machines. You can use this tool to accurately locate virtually any router in the world, as well as position iPhones and Android phones.

URL to test if your device has been mapped by Google:
http://samy.pl/androidmap/
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Old 17.06.2011, 10:21
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Re: Android Map: Google's Web mapping can track your phone

Excellent find jrspet.... Google indeed knows where my router lives
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Old 17.06.2011, 10:49
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I am in Hanover
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Old 17.06.2011, 10:53
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"latitude": 51.7140876
"longitude": 8.7972774
"country": "Germany"
"country_code": "DE"
"region": "North Rhine-Westphalia"
"county": "Paderborn"
"city": "Paderborn"
"street": "Peckelsheimer Weg"
"street_number": "39"
"postal_code": "33100"
"accuracy": 36.0

Doesn't sound right
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Old 17.06.2011, 10:59
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"latitude": 51.7140876
"longitude": 8.7972774
"country": "Germany"
"country_code": "DE"
"region": "North Rhine-Westphalia"
"county": "Paderborn"
"city": "Paderborn"
"street": "Peckelsheimer Weg"
"street_number": "39"
"postal_code": "33100"
"accuracy": 36.0

Doesn't sound right
I'm at work in Geneva, and got exactly the same address. Something odd here...
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Old 17.06.2011, 11:10
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Re: Android Map: Google's Web mapping can track your phone

did you actually enter your own MAC address into the form, or just use the example one?
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Old 17.06.2011, 11:15
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did you actually enter your own MAC address into the form, or just use the example one?
I assumed that it picked up my MAC address automatically - it does not mention it is an example one. I have no idea what my work computer's MAC address is.....
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Old 17.06.2011, 11:17
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I assumed that it picked up my MAC address automatically - it does not mention it is an example one. I have no idea what my work computer's MAC address is.....
DOS window > ipconfig -all
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Old 17.06.2011, 11:21
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I assumed that it picked up my MAC address automatically - it does not mention it is an example one. I have no idea what my work computer's MAC address is.....
there's not really a simple way to get the MAC address from the browser (unless you are using IE and have activex installed).
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Old 17.06.2011, 11:27
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It's not your computers MAC address, it's the wireless MAC address of your wireless router/access point that you need to enter. My computers MAC address is not recognised. However all of my firms wireless access points are recognised and accurately positioned.
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Old 17.06.2011, 11:35
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Re: Android Map: Google's Web mapping can track your phone

When are the Apple folks going to chime in?

"See, we get spied on with no silly glitches. Sneer "
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It's not your computers MAC address, it's the wireless MAC address of your wireless router/access point that you need to enter. My computers MAC address is not recognised. However all of my firms wireless access points are recognised and accurately positioned.
Right. Thanks for the correction.

You can do getmac on the dos prompt. (winxp and higher)
It also shows the Ethernet Adapter MAC address.
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Old 17.06.2011, 11:43
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When are the Apple folks going to chime in?

"See, we get spied on with no silly glitches. Sneer "
I just did - see post above yours
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I just facepalmed myself
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