Posted by: coastcontact | August 15, 2013

We are spying on You

The price of modern technology.

Try researching for a new car, a television, a camera, or a new home theater system.  The result is that within hours there will be advertising popping up on your smartphone or computer  for that very same product.

Just yesterday I was researching for a new home theater system.  Today I saw multiple ads for those systems across the top of my screen and just below the Google search window.  Six months ago I was searching for a new camera bag.  There were multiple offers for bags from different retailers.

Adam Levin blogs on Huffington Post that there are 9 Household Items That Could Be Spying on You.

Which of these do you have in your house?

  • Your television (thanks to the internet)
  • Your Cable Box (your provider knows what you ar watching)
  • Your Dishwasher, Clothes Dryer, Toaster, Clock Radio and Remote Control (thanks to smartphone interface)
  • Your Lights (thanks to the power  company’s new monitoring system)
  • Your Heat an A/C (thanks to The Nest thermostat that tracks homeowners’ heat and air-conditioning habits)
  •  Security alarms (those services know when you’re not at home)
  • Insulin Pumps and Pacemakers (White Hat hacker Barnaby Jack proved he could kill a diabetic person from 300 feet away by ordering an insulin pump to deliver fatal doses of insulin. This summer he announced he could hack pacemakers and implanted defibrillators)
  • Smartphones (that same technology that provides mapping directions also tells those with access where you are)
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