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Does google track mobile & imei number from android device ?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by hadron, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. hadron

    hadron Junior Member

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    if i open a gmail account from an android phone, but do not provide the mobile number while registration, will google track the imei number or the mobile number ?
     
  2. NicolaeP

    NicolaeP Regular Member

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    YES
     
  3. hadron

    hadron Junior Member

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    hmmm
     
  4. tb303

    tb303 Senior Member

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    Very likely yes. They track IP number on desktop to detect suspicious logins. IP numbers would be less effective on a mobile device so it makes more sense to use the IMEI.

    If a 3rd party developer called android.telephony.TelephonyManager.getDeviceId() to get this I believe the user would get asked for permissions - however Google is not a 3rd party when it comes to android.

    edit: Talking about the gmail app more so than gmail.com via browser. Firefox to gmail.com I cant see how they could get anything else but your IP address.
     
  5. hadron

    hadron Junior Member

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    lol, didn't know it was that simple.
     
  6. anthrax2014

    anthrax2014 Junior Member

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    Getting details of imei number and mobile number is quite easy and almost every android developer take this..i personally have few android apps and collect all these info from my users
     
  7. mola

    mola Newbie

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    can anyone bypass gmail login without asking for verification please i need help on this.
     
  8. whyseoer

    whyseoer Newbie

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    Yes they might be doing that and use it to protect their interests.
     
  9. lalio

    lalio Newbie

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    They track and save tons of stuff. Whether they use it or not you can test and find out.
     
  10. volund

    volund Supreme Member

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    Can Google get that info from your phone? Yes.

    As a general rule I always assume that any information that Google can get they do get.

    Is Google using that info at this time? Hard to know one way or the other but if they are not doing so now Google will likely do so in the future.

    The only thing that stops Google from using all the information that it gathers is processing power and as that continues to get cheaper Google will be able to use more info. Because of this I NEVER use any Google related service for any SEO or link building activities. A bit paranoid maybe but why take a chance when you do not have to.