As more and more products incorporate voice control and facial reignition, so does the required to hand over personal information to make these devices work. But did you know that your tech might be spying on you?
It’s now an accepted fact that Big Brother may be monitoring you in your very own home after evidence was uploaded to the Wikileaks website which proved that the CIA, in coordination with MI5, could hack Samsung televisions into bugging devices.
Voice recognition is constantly monitoring your conversations
Look at the example of a voice controlled Smart TV, which can change channel by voice control. For the system to work correctly it needs to be constantly listening out for your command.
You might think this is harmless. In fact, there is evidence to show a more dark and secretive force at work.
Government departments can turn your tech into bugging devices
Now consider your phone. It’s with you almost all the time, and if you’re an Android or iPhone users there’s a chance you make use of Google Home or Siri. If you do, it means that your phone is constantly listening out for your command; which means it’s quite possible that it too could be turned into a bug. No longer do the spy agencies need to tap your line: they can listen to you whenever they like.
And how about Alexa? She’s listening out for you, too. What is there to stop a software expert from getting your tech spying on you?
Your laptop may be spying on you
Most modern laptops and Macbooks are provided with built-in cameras. There are many stories regarding hackers installing malware into your computers enabling them to secretly take over control of your camera. Known as ‘webcam hacking’, Antivirus giant Norton have warned for some time about the risks.
Nothing to hide – nothing to fear?
Of course, there is a strong argument to say that if you’re not engaging in illegal activity you have nothing to worry about. In effect, you’re trading your privacy for the convenience of using such devices.
Are with sleepwalking towards George Orwell’s 1984?
The fact is that we can now be monitored by the State. It’s fact, no longer fiction.
You may trust this current government, but what would happen if a new crazy government took over who you didn’t trust and wants to monitor your beliefs? What if the bugging technology fell into the hands of our enemies?
How to avoid tech spying on you
The simply way is to switch off the voice recognition systems on these devices. After all, is using a remote control really so difficult to change the TV channel?
Another simply tool is to place some black electrical tape over the camera lens on laptops and tablets.