I can hear your heartbeat and I know it’s you

We all know about fingerprints and retina scan for biometric identification.  Faces are now used to identify people and log on to computers and smartphones.  You can certainly be identified by your gait: the special way you walk, that is like nobody else.  Other methods that didn’t gain widespread acceptance include body odor sniffers. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613891/the-pentagon-has-a-laser-that-can-identify-people-from-a-distanceby-their-heartbeat/ […]

Your CPAP, heart monitor, glucose meter, fitbit, applewatch, are spying on you. ?!

https://www.propublica.org/article/you-snooze-you-lose-insurers-make-the-old-adage-literally-true So there are a number of messages in this article (emphasis added by myself): start with your medical device manufacturer is not only monitoring your use  but reporting it to your insurer;  the implication is your noncompliance could be used to limit your benefits in the future –  from the article: Privacy experts said […]

Your phone IS listening to everything and everyone within range of its microphone

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wjbzzy/your-phone-is-listening-and-its-not-paranoia Another reason to leave your phone locked in the glove compartment of your car. Furbys were banned from various gov agencies because they would record and repeat what they heard. Your phone is doing that now, recording but worse, relaying that information to advertisers and other parties. Short of physically disconnecting the microphone wires […]

Who can(n’t) you trust any more?

https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/facebook-vpn-app-apple-store.html Just because something claims to offer “VPN” (virtual private network) services, doesn’t mean it’s actually good for your privacy nor security.  How disappointing, but yet is this really unexpected? Facebook yesterday removed its mobile VPN app called Onavo Protect from the iOS App Store after Apple declared the app violated the iPhone maker’s App […]