A report says ‘Google knows every WiFi password’, actually password we use in our Android phone to connect to any WiFi save in Google’s server.
Let’s explore this:
If you ever use a WiFi network which is password protected, when you enter the password it automatically saves on the Google’s server. Considering how many Android devices there are, it is likely that Google can access most Wi-Fi passwords worldwide.
Privacy advocates claim that Google’s Android mobile operating system has backup tools that indicate a copy of everyone’s WiFi passwords are saved onto Google servers.
How Google knows every WiFi password and why?
|Google makes a comment on talkandroid.com 'If you check this option, a wide variety of your personal data is backed up automatically, including your Wi-Fi passwords, Browser bookmarks, a list of the apps you’ve installed from the Market app, the words you’ve added to the dictionary used by the onscreen keyboard, and most of your customized settings. Some third-party apps may also take advantage of this feature, so you can restore your data if you reinstall an app. If you uncheck this option, your data stops getting backed up, and any existing backups are deleted from Google servers.'|
As the above comment from Google reflects, by changing some settings in Android phones can stop Google to save WiFi passwords, computer world explains—how can you change those settings in different versions of Android:
- In Android 2.3.4, go to Settings, then Privacy. On an HTC device, the option that gives Google your Wi-Fi password is “Back up my settings”. On a Samsung device, the option is called “Back up my data”. The only description is “Back up current settings and application data”. No mention is made of Wi-Fi passwords.
- In Android 4.2, go to Settings, then “Backup and reset”. The option is called “Back up my data”. The description says “Back up application data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers”.
A news in April shocked users, when Google transparency report said the government is asking the company for more data than ever before.
At last we estimate that Google stores your WiFi password to help you whenever you need to restore your previous settings but sometimes it fear when government asks Google to provide them Data.
VIA– Huffington Post| TalkAndroid | Computer World