Eight Things in Your House That Might Be Spying on You
If you think virus software and extra-strong passwords make you secure in your own home, think again. Any regular household item that's connected to a network can theoretically track your behavior and make you vulnerable to hacking . . . or worse.
Not to make you paranoid or anything, but here's a list of eight household items that might be spying on you . . .
1. Your TV. If it connects to the internet then you're vulnerable. One security firm proved they could turn on web cams in smart TVs and watch viewers.
2. Your cable box. Companies are developing them with motion sensors and cameras, so they can see what you're up to and send targeted ads. Like a roomful of wild kids would get ads for Nerf guns, and a couple on the couch would get ads for romantic movies.
3. Household appliances like your coffee maker, dishwasher, and clock radio. The latest models allow you to schedule your morning coffee from a tablet. And companies use the web connection to troubleshoot performance issues.
But robbers could use that same info to schedule the best time for a burglary.
4. Your lighting. The same technology that allows you turn your lights on from a computer allows the criminals to TURN THEM OFF during a home invasion.
5. Your heat and A/C. If they're connected to a network, then companies track your preferences to optimize energy efficiency. And anyone who can hack that could figure out when you're home, at work, or away for a long time.
6. Security systems. These are all hooked up to the internet now. And criminals can hack in and wreak havoc as they please.
7. Insulin pumps and pacemakers. Seriously. They're both basically just little computers in your body. And security teams have proven that they COULD deliver the wrong dose of insulin at any time and kill you. If they wanted to.
8. Your phone, tablets, and computers. Obviously all three are full of personal information. But check this out: The latest military technology can create a 3-D map of your phone's surroundings.