Who is listening to you and recording everything?

Who is listening to you and recording everything?

Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and now Barbie.

Google has admitted to scanning your personal Gmail accounts to target ads based on common keywords found. They also record a lot of information “for your convenience” if you make are logged into Google or use a Chromebook. This includes every site you visit, every search term you use, the YouTube videos you watch and saving your passwords.

Microsoft records Skype instant messages (IMs) and has the potential for calls as well.

Apple records all Siri voice commands for an undetermined period of time. Microsoft records all Cortana voice commands.

We were too lazy to get up and walk over to a TV to change the channel so now we have remotes. Now we are even lazier because there are smart-TVs which listen for commands using voice-recognition features. This means the TV is constantly listening to all your conversations in your room, uploading those to the Internet to be processed, and determining if there are any commands in those voice recordings. They also save all the recordings for an undetermined amount of time to improve their products.

And if you still aren’t convinced big brother is watching you, we now allow our children to talk to Barbie, have that information uploaded and processed, and reply back. Parents can choose to have those audio files of conversations stored on a website which means hackers can access them as well. The “Hello Barbie” app (iOS and Android) uses authentication credentials that can be reused by hackers. It also connects a mobile device to any unsecured WiFi network who’s name includes the word barbie. You can use that information to access the home WiFi network and also everything that Hello Barbie is recording.

Is Windows Defender the best antivirus program for Windows 10

Is Windows Defender the best antivirus program for Windows 10

Windows Defender is a built-in antivirus program you get for free with Windows 10. The program is basically a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the free antivirus program Microsoft offered to Windows 7 users.

The program automatically downloads new antivirus definitions, scans files and programs you open, and comes with an interface for more in-depth scans.

Why Hackers Love Social Media

Why Hackers Love Social Media

It’s undeniable that social media has become part of the lives of us 21st century human beings. We regularly update our Twitter accounts to air our 140-character thoughts or updates, and carefully curate our Instagram feeds. We’re constantly on Facebook for updates from our friends and family and, increasingly, to check on the latest news-worthy headlines and celebrity buzz. Everybody can’t seem to get enough of social media – and hackers love it.

Here’s how hackers make the most out of our social media addiction.

12 Fraud Awareness Tips to Protect Yourself Online

12 Fraud Awareness Tips to Protect Yourself Online

With the holiday season approaching, this year is set to break records for the number of purchases made online. In addition to all of the gifts to be bought, parties to be booked, and special little “I deserve it” purchases, there may be a few surprises lurking in dark corners.

Sadly, when it comes to dark corners of the Internet, they aren’t all dark and they aren’t all in corners. Information crime including the theft of credit cards and even identity are also on the rise despite the best efforts of Internet providers and search engines to identify and block them.

The end of November is a very significant time for online shopping. It includes:

  • Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Online holiday gift shopping
  • International Fraud Awareness Week

In consideration of this very busy time, I have created a simple website http://www.DealsForTech.com to help educate people on Fraud Awareness.

This website was created in under 20 hours using free website software and an eCommerce add-on (WordPress, premade theme, and WooCommerce). I encourage you to try out the website. Select an item or two of interest, proceed to the checkout, and be educated as to how easy this is. Don’t worry, it won’t ask you for payment information and won’t cost you anything.

Here are some tips to help you make safer online shopping choices:

Apple’s New Patent Allows Users to Track People in Real Time

Apple’s New Patent Allows Users to Track People in Real Time

Imagine being able to track people wherever they go, being able to see each and every turn another person makes in real time. Sounds fun? (or maybe creepy?) Apple users will soon have easy access to this technology. The company recently registered a patent for the tech called “Sharing location information among devices” at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things

If you’re a complete newbie to the world of technology, you might find yourself scratching your head when you hear about “The Internet of Things.” In this post, I’ll shed a little light on this modern phenomenon that’s all about increasing interconnectivity in virtually all aspects of our day-to-day living.

First of all, what is the Internet of Things?