Dutchman develops anti-tracking app Pry-fi




The Dutch developer Chainfire has developed an app that wifi tracking should make less lucrative. The Pry-Fi app on a smartphone generates continuous random MAC addresses while it searches for a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Pry-Fi app from Chainfire is designed for Android smartphones. Normally the tracking of a wifi signal for example by preventing disabling the wifi or bluetooth option on a mobile phone. One store only Pry-Fi lets find a compatible smartphone to possible hotspots, but by continuously changing the MAC address would be the collected information in a central database, according to the developer ‘polluted’ can be. Further ensures Pry-Fi sure the smartphone is no longer the ssid of the phone sends around saved Wi-Fi networks.

Pry-Fi will also change the MAC address when a connection is made with a Wi-Fi network. This can be a disadvantage if, for example, the firewall router is set partly based on a mac address, but the developer wants so further reduce the usefulness of collecting mac addresses.

The Pry-Fi app is not yet functional on all Android smartphones, the developer calls it is currently a proof-of-concept. In addition, there need root access on the Android firmware. It is still unclear whether the functionality will be in the future, for example, custom firmware. Disclosed in respect of the privacy

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