US 9,813,873 B2
Mobile device tracking prevention method and system
Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Brno (CZ); Shaul Levi, Amsterdam (NL); and Pavel Mironchyk, Amsterdam (NL)
Assigned to Avast Software B.V., (NL)
Filed by AVG Netherlands B.V., Amsterdam (NL)
Filed on Jul. 2, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/322,634.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/846,886, filed on Jul. 16, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/904,865, filed on Nov. 15, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2015/0024787 A1, Jan. 22, 2015
Int. Cl. H04W 4/02 (2009.01); H04W 8/22 (2009.01); H04W 12/02 (2009.01); H04W 64/00 (2009.01); H04W 4/00 (2009.01); H04M 1/725 (2006.01); H04L 12/18 (2006.01); H04L 12/58 (2006.01)
CPC H04W 4/027 (2013.01) [H04L 12/18 (2013.01); H04L 12/189 (2013.01); H04L 12/1845 (2013.01); H04M 1/72577 (2013.01); H04W 4/028 (2013.01); H04W 8/22 (2013.01); H04W 12/02 (2013.01); H04L 51/12 (2013.01); H04M 1/72569 (2013.01); H04M 1/72572 (2013.01); H04M 2250/06 (2013.01); H04W 4/008 (2013.01); H04W 64/006 (2013.01)] 23 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A mobile device tracking prevention method, comprising:
using a mobile device to receive data being broadcasted via at least one network access point, the mobile device having a wireless module configured to access the at least one network access point, the broadcasted data including at least one service set identifier (“SSID”) that corresponds to a network access point of the at least one network access point;
monitoring, using the wireless module, for at least one change to the broadcasted data occurring within a predefined time, the at least one change to the broadcasted data including a change in the total number of SSIDs included in the broadcasted data; and
automatically controlling an operating state of the wireless module such that the module is enabled in the absence of the change in the total number of SSIDs included in the broadcasted data, and is disabled on detection of the change in the total number of SSIDs included in the broadcasted data.