Top 5 Modern Wireless Gadgets That Can Steal Your Personal information
Portable gadgets make our life more convenient, but did you know that they may be dangerous sometimes? That's why we'd like to show you the top five mobile gadgets, that can be used to spy on you and steal your personal information. The initial research was made by Reticle Research group, but we've added a couple of device and rearranged the top a little bit. So, let's begin.
The first place is taken by Google Glass. Although that wearable computer is rather expensive – it has a couple of vulnerable spots and may be used against you. That device may shoot videos and take pictures transparently and break your privacy. Another point here is that those AR glasses are using Bluetooth protocol to communicate with your smartphone, and the whole 2.4 GHz is quite vulnerable to various hacks and exploits.
As we think – second really dangerous gadget is your smartphone. The problem with those devices lies in the fact that people tend to store too much valuable data there, not only personal, but sometimes even really sensitive, regardless of the fact that smartphones are rather vulnerable. There are a couple of really serious security gaps. The main vulnerability of smartphones are malicious apps, that are installed by users. Also, users tend to ignore the basic safety rules, while using their smartphones, like mobile banking rules, etc.
Also, IT security specialist Ben Lincoln has discovered that his Motorola Droid X2 smartphone shares his personal data with the company. It is not the first time, when major companies try to get user's information without their direct permission. His smartphone tried to share such data as: email username and password and precise GPS coordinates. Ben Lincoln tells that all that data was transferred with an unencrypted HTTP connection, that shows that it doesn't matter for the company, if the data will be intercepted by someone in the process.
Third place is shared between two devices: Memoto and Autographer. The first product is a rather cheap wearable camera that takes snapshots of all you do during the day. The price of the device is about 280$ and it is really popular now. The curious fact here is that people frequently vote for privacy and do not really like such gadgets, but that one was a Kickstarter project first. Authographer is a wearable camera too, but in addition it may be synced with your smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
After those two there goes door locks and rings, such as Doorbot and Goji. They can be controlled with your iPhone or iPad and have a camera. So you can see who's behind the door without opening it. Also, you can open those remotely. The dangerous fact here is that those devices use rather vulnerable Wi-Fi connection and can be easily hacked. In a matter of fact, wireless security appliances should be avoided, they can not provide necessary level of security.
And the last, but not the least – Kinnect. That game controller is really popular among Americans, but the problem is that it tracks your location in the room and cannot be turned of, just with a specific app. Many gamers believe that it may be used for spying purposes, but there are no decent proofs of that. Well, as you can see most wireless gadgets, that we use daily can spy on you, so it will be better to get a universal signal blocker, to be preprepared ti face any privacy threat they can bring.