How To Opt Out From Google Tracking Your Wireless Location

Posted Nov 15, 2011

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) collects information about where you are located whether it is your home or business. Then it stores that location in a database that it uses for location services. It is a possibility to opt out, but it is somewhat complicated. The way it works is by adding the text “_nomap” to the end of your network name that is used by your Internet router or modem. The network name is known as the SSID (service set identifier).

For example, if your wireless network name is home, you will need to change it to home_nomap. You may be like a lot of people that have not changed the default name for the router, but you would have to change it to disable the location services. The default network name for Linksys routers is “linksys.”

Step 1:
To change your wireless router name, you will need to go to the router’s administration page and go to the wireless section. To go to the Linksys administration page, you will need to go to this address on your web browser: Netgear routers usually have the address or

Step 2:
Enter your username and password. If you have not changed your user name and password in the past, then you will need to find out what your username and password is by default. I would try leaving the user name blank and typing in admin as the password as a test.

Step 3:
Go to the wireless administration page and click on the Wireless tab. In that tab, you will find the Network Name. Add the text _nomap at the end of the name. Restart your computers and connect to that wireless network again.

[Google Blog]