Technologically savvy thieves can bankrupt you from little personal clues on cellphones or a GPS
Of course we all “know” that technology and cyberspace has introduced a lot of different aspects to our lives. What seems convenient at first sight may turn against us over time. Especially when we stop being vigilant. Privacy is now mostly a thing of the past with everyone embracing social media as if it promises us that ultimate transparency will save us from Big Brother’s indifference for individual sanctity.
Today I witnessed a little “rebellion” against Facebook’s new openess policy, but in the end, most of us will give in to FB and keep exposing our lives and our loved ones to the rest of the universe. Well here are some real stories that show how modern technology has us in a stranglehold, especially when it comes to our possessions and privacy.
1. What’s in your Glove Box?
2. GPS technology
Publisher’s note: I don’t know about you, but give me 15 uninterrupted minutes in your house and I know your friends, your family, where they live, what they own and if you store banking information in your computer, you may as well kiss your money goodbye. The vast majority of people do not have a personal password protection on the computer, let alone their email server.
3. Cell Phones
Is there a moral to this story?
Personally I think we’re just at the starting point of a technological privacy invasion. For that reason I refused for example to have a cellphone even though my business is Internet technology. I finally got one after several years of begging and people calling me “peculiar”.
I have probably 15 names and numbers in my phone and get all of 3 phone calls a week (if that). I do not encourage it obviously. It’s not hooked up to the Internet, so no emails etc. and I think I texted 2 words once.
It’s listed in someone else’s name and occasionally I take pictures with it, which I quickly download into my computer and immediately erase from the phone. Some people (you know who you are) have their entire life archived in pictures in their cell phone!!
I’m not saying it’s going to save me from increased prying into my private life, but it is a start. If you want to have all the “benefits” from carrying a communication tool that is so intertwined with your life that it is truly a National Identification Card, I can only suggest the following tips:
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….
b. When sensitive info is being asked through texts, if you absolutely have to, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you can’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet ‘family and friends’ who text you.
d. Be careful about which pictures to store in your phone!!!
Yes, texting while driving is not the only dangerous downside to a cellphone.