The truth is that smart devices may not be as secure as advertised systems may not be as secure as they may not be as secure as and at this point in history there are several types of devices that you can avoid connecting to the Internet of Things If you let them track your data, who knows how it could be used against you.
For example, did you know that police officers in 2014 gained access to and used smart home material in a lawsuit? We have to be careful about what our smart devices actually know about us, otherwise we could be overwhelmed by even worse scenarios.
Videos of home activities
But there are also many dangers. For example, an Internet-connected outdoor security camera is useful because you can check it at any time from anywhere in the world, but if an online hacker managed to eavesdrop on the video stream, he could determine where you live.
Or, even worse, someone could inadvertently spy on you due to a glitch in the system that replaces your video stream with someone else’s channel, as was the case in this Skybell horror story on Reddit.
And if that’s not bad enough, videotapes are arguably more intimidating than video streams. Security cameras usually record and store footage so you can review it later if needed, but smart services are moving to the cloud, which means these videos are not stored by you, but by companies.
Your conversations in the living room
From a privacy perspective, microphones are scarier than camcorders for two reasons: first, they can potentially pick up sound from any direction instead of pointing at something specific, and second, you’re more likely to be in the presence of a microphone than a camcorder at any time.
And if you’re within range of the microphone, it can intercept your conversations even if you think the microphone is muted.
To be clear, we are not saying that these devices record everything you say. We’re just saying that the technology for this already exists, and if we’re not careful, these smart devices could allow someone to listen in on personal matters.
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