If you’re reading this online, then there’s a chance that someone could be spying on you.
James Clapper, the U.S. Intelligence Chief, admitted that certain security agencies in the near future could use smart devices for surveillance, identification and tracking. Although this isn’t a total shocker when you consider how openly we share our information online, it still makes you feel a little uneasy.
What is The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is the network composed of physical devices that connect and share data with one another. It’s the unseen line of communication that lets you send an email from your computer to your phone. For example in some modern homes like this one, you can control your high tech garage door from your phone, while at the same time have your refrigerator send you a reminder that you need to stock up on eggs.
A study from Harvard University indicates that many home appliances have wireless sensors that all connect to the Internet of Things. Even appliances like toasters, bed sheets and toothbrushes could have a sensor that collects data about you.
Your Technology Is Spying
Clapper stated that these agencies are using the Internet of Things for their spying. This means that your devices are not secure, and your privacy is not guaranteed.
Take a look around your house. Your TV, laptop and cameras could be sending a live video feed to someone right now.
About a year ago, people were nervous because it was reported that the new Samsung Smart TV always had its microphone on. The reason for this was so you could get it to turn on with a simple voice command, but this feature rightfully freaked out people because it meant someone could always be listening to what you were saying.
Another unnerving security story came a few years ago when someone hacked into a baby monitor in the middle of the night and started screaming at the baby. The hacker got access to the device through the wireless IP network and could see and hear what was going on in the house. This is why you should always be careful and understand the technology you are buying before you purchase it.
Other devices like your Fitbit, Apple Watch and Amazon Echo could be used to listen to your conversations, look into your house or monitor your health. This just goes to show how easily the U.S. government might be able to spy on you by simply using devices that have become of part of your everyday life.
Be More Secure
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Some of these devices are a necessity in our culture and will be hard to stop using, so what can you do to protect yourself? If you are using your technology safely and have a secure wireless connection, you’ll have a better shot at preventing unwanted access to your devices — and your life.