Monday, April 14, 2014

2204 Private Dancing

Privacy as they say, is dead, but it's still a little galling to note all the ways people keep devising to kick its deteriorating corpse.

Take this new free app I read about. It can track and map all of your social media contacts. Every time any of those contacts checks in on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites you can see their location on a map.

And get this, that's whether those folks want you to see them or not. If that sounds creepy, I agree. Especially when you consider that those contacts actually friended you to begin with.

How'd you like to look in your car's rearview mirror and see one of your supposed friends following you wherever you go, even to that exotic dance place. How long do you think they would stay a friend? Since the app is "free" that means it will be paid for by ads placed in your social media pages. No doubt for even more stalking products.

Another article I read pointed out that the NSA could highjack your computer's camera and microphone jack to see and hear what's going on in your home or office. Or bedroom if you left your laptop on the nightstand. Hope the spouse hasn't enrolled in a pole dancing class to spice up your married life. A lap dance next to the laptop is a no no.

Anyhow, the article said Russians and teenage hackers could do the same thing. The author recommended using the same low tech solution I've been using and being teased about by my less paranoid friends for years; cover your camera lens with a sticker.

Then cut off an old headphone plug and stick it into your microphone jack so they can't hear you, um, "dancing" either. 

America, ya gotta love it.

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