How Your WiFi is Betraying You

Assange once said, “A mobile phone is a tracking device that also makes calls”. He’s not wrong. There are countless ways that phones track our movements, and one of them is via WiFi probe requests.

In this video we explain how your phone automatically connects to your WiFi whenever you return home or to your favorite coffee shop, and why it leaves your device vulnerable to all kinds of attacks and surveillance — it can allow people to maliciously intercept your internet traffic, track you, or find out personal information about you.

Main takeaways:
Turn your WiFi OFF when you’re not using it
Don’t automatically connect to WiFi networks
Forget networks after joining them
Keep your OS and device updated

00:00 Intro
01:00 How WiFi connections work
04:29 Hidden networks
05:49 Why broadcasting SSIDs is a privacy nightmare: Tracking
07:45 Why broadcasting SSIDs is a privacy nightmare: Exposes Private Info
09:06 MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE VIDEO: malicious connections
11:03 How to protect yourself
13:11 Summary

Research paper from Johanna Ansohn McDougall:

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Recommended Books:

Permanent Record – Edward Snowden

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State – Glenn Greenwald

What has the government done to our money – Rothbard

Extreme Privacy – Michael Bazzel (The best privacy book I’ve ever read)

Naomi’s Privacy Bag: some of my favorite products to help protect your privacy!

Use the Brave browser!

USB-C to ethernet adapter:

Lightening to ethernet adapter:

Faraday bag (signal stopping, to protect your fob, credit card, computer, and phone)

Data Blocker (if you’re charging your phone in an unknown port, use this so that no data is transferred)

Computer privacy screen (use your computer in public? Keep your information safe! Choose the size right for your computer)

Phone privacy screen (don’t let people in public see your private data, choose the size for your phone)

Camera cover (for computers and phones, so no one can access your camera without you knowing)

Privacy Tip: Turn off your wifi and bluetooth when you’re not using them!!! (or don’t use them at all)