Field Guide to Smart Device Safety

Smart devices are fun to use, make our lives easier, and run the gamut from cell phones to home appliances to children’s toys. However, with this technology come security risks. A rule of thumb to keep in mind is that a smart device not only has the ability to relay information to you, it also has the ability to relay information about you. (C. Dodge, Information Specialist)

What You Should Know About Smart Technology (IoT)

“…At its core, IoT is simple: it’s about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other”… Everything new and shiny has downsides, and security and privacy are the biggest challenges for IoT. All these devices and systems collect a lot of personal data about people – that smart meter knows when you’re home and what electronics you use when you’re there – and it’s shared with other devices and held in databases by companies.”

Source: What is The Internet of Things? (link is external), The Guardian, May 6, 2016).

Smart Devices

How Secure is Your Smartphone?

Businesses beware: Smartphone malware rises 400% in 2016, Nokia reports (link is external), (TechRepublic, Mar. 27, 2017).

With WikiLeaks Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How Vulnerable Is Your Smartphone? (link is external), (The New York Times, Mar. 7, 2017).

Local Police Departments Invest In Cell Phone Spy Tools (link is external), (NPR, Feb. 17, 2017).

Is your smartphone listening to you? (link is external), (BBC News, Mar. 2016).

Yes, your smartphone camera can be used to spy on you… (link is external), (Naked Security, May, 28, 2014).

Your Apps May Be Selling Your Personal Information

Apps are disrupting traditional industries — and your privacy (link is external), (CNBC, Aug. 1, 2016).

Is the Facebook Messenger App Recording Your Conversations and Ignoring Privacy Settings? (link is external), (Inquisitr, Jun. 4, 2016).

When Apps Act Like Gods: Your Apps Could Compromise Your Privacy (link is external), (Trend Micro, Jan. 15, 2016).

Key takeaways on mobile apps and privacy (link is external), (Pew Research Center, Nov. 10, 2015).

Are Smartphone Apps Making It Easier To Racially Profile? (link is external), (NPR, Oct. 15, 2015).

Privacy Issues and the Smart Devices in Your Home

Your browsing history may be up for sale soon. Here’s what you need to know (link is external), (The Guardian, Mar. 28, 2017).

Banned In Germany: Kids’ Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device (link is external), (NPR, Feb. 17, 2017).

Privacy & surveillance concerns over voice-recognition devices, Google Home & Amazon Echo (link is external), (AirTalk, Oct. 11, 2016).

Is Your Smart Security Camera Protecting Your Home Or Spying On You? (link is external), (Forbes, Aug. 22, 2016).

Virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Echo break US child privacy law, experts say (link is external), (The Guardian, May 26, 2016).

Samsung changes Smart TV privacy policy in wake of spying fears (link is external), (CNET, Feb. 10, 2015).

Protect Your Privacy

How Not to Protect Your Privacy Online (link is external), (Gizmodo, Mar. 31, 2017).

How to Hide Your Browsing History From Your Snooping ISP, (link is external) (Gizmodo, Mar. 29, 2017).

VPNs Won’t Save You from Congress’ Internet Privacy Giveaway (link is external), (Wired, Mar. 28, 2017).

How to Remove Geotags From Pictures Taken With Your iPhone (link is external), (Lifewire, Mar. 10, 2017).

How Can I Protect My Smartphone and Smart TV From Getting Hacked? (link is external), (NBC, Mar. 8, 2017).

66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now (link is external), (Consumer Reports, Feb. 21, 2017).

Cryptoparties Teach Attendees How To Stay Anonymous Online (link is external), (NPR, Feb. 6, 2017).

7 ways to keep your smart home from being hacked (link is external), (MarketWatch, Oct. 20, 2016).

About privacy and Location Services in iOS 8 and later (link is external), (Apple, Inc., Sep. 15, 2016).

Firms Are Buying, Sharing Your Online Info. What Can You Do About It? (link is external), (NPR, July 11, 2016).

Mark Zuckerberg tapes over his webcam. Should you? (link is external), (The Guardian, Jun. 22, 2016).

Why You Should Not Use The New Smartphone Fingerprint Readers (link is external), (Forbes, Mar. 5, 2015).

Six ways your tech is spying on you – and how to turn it off (link is external), (The Guardian, Feb. 10, 2015).



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