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A recent report reveals that Google can probably see the WiFi passwords of all android users. It hasn’t been proven, but the technology is there and it is very likely they can. With the steady increase in the number of Android users worldwide, this is an incredible cache of WiFi credentials. For this type of data to fall into the hands of third parties like hackers, thieves or the government would be an incredible data breach. Android users need a VPN for Androids now more than ever before to protect their passwords.
How Google Can See WiFi Passwords
Any Android device that ever connected to WiFi can potentially send Google the password used to connect to the network. How this works is through the ability of the Android OS to back up WiFi passwords and store them on Google servers. This, along with device settings and login information can be accessed by Google easily when a Gmail address is connected to the device.
Google claims that the data is safe from third parties through the secure connection to Google and the data encryption they provide. But this does not mean all third parties. The government spy program that has access to Google data can still take this information. And there is no telling what happens after this, or how securely their copies are stored. Users can turn off the feature that stores this data, but it erases bookmarks. Still, this slight inconvenience is preferable to having your credentials read and stored. With the government asking for more and more user data from companies like Google, it is dangerous.
Use a VPN for Androids to Secure Data
Internet users are more aware today about the importance of keeping their data secure. Features that store data make browsing more convenient. The data is available next time a user wants to access it. But at the same time it makes the data more accessible to others as well. Using a VPN for Androids can help a lot when it comes to data security. Deleting browser history and cookies and using anti-tracking software on top of disabling tracking features are all good practices. But to really stop companies from gathering data, Android users need to anonymize their Internet activities with a VPN for Androids.