How to tell Google Street View to sod off

Tired of Google Street View snooping on you? Here's how to remove yourself from their spying eyes.

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In my house, more than a dozen devices access our WiFi network -- from desktop and laptop PCs to tablets, mobile phones, Roku devices, XBoxes, and so on. So adding _nomap to the wireless settings on each one is a pain. If you’re going to go to that kind of trouble, you might as well encrypt your network (as I have). That will also keep Google’s spying eyes away from your WiFi.

The exact steps will vary depending on your router manufacturer, model, and the software it uses. Digital Inspiration blogger Amit Agarwal offers a good step by step guide here.

There are philosophical reasons why some people leave their WiFi nets open, but most folks do it because they don’t know any better or simply don’t care, one way or the other. With insatiable data hoarders like Google prowling your neighborhood, however, you should care. You should care a lot.

I say, it’s time to boycott Google Street View. Let 100 million houses blur. Are you with me?

Got a question about social media or privacy? TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan may have the answer (and if not, he’ll make something up). Visit his snarky, occasionally NSFW blog eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter: @tynan_on_tech. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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