17. July, 2013
If you “Back up my data” is enabled on your Android phone, then Google keeps a clear-text, unencrypted copy of your WLAN passwords on its servers. Since Google is an US company, the government and its agencies have access to this data. Google also keeps a database with the location of all WLANs (for their location service) so it’s trivial for them to gain access (even though someone must physically walk/drive into the range of the WLAN router).
Solution: Disable this function, use a local backup program (disable cloud backup for them as well) and change all your passwords.
2. July, 2013
Ever thought about printing money at home?
It’s illegal, right. But think about this idea:
Your printer driver is connected to, say, PayPal. You draw some cute image (or use your cat if you can’t draw or the Internet, it’s full of cats). You create a QR code worth $15, slap them together with gimp and go to spend it.
Everyone has a mobile phone, so checking those codes would be no big deal. Just an app and you’re done.
And the best part: The NSA would know all the time where you are! You’d never get lost! When they notice you stopped spending money, they could send you an ambulance!