Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

9 Household Products That May Be Spying on You
abcnews ^

Posted on 01/27/2014 11:48:39 AM PST by chessplayer

For Americans concerned about their privacy, the NSA data grabs are daunting, but what about the data grabs happening inside your own home, perpetrated not by the government, but by your coffee machine?

Here are nine appliances and other systems inside your house that may be spying on you right now, or used to spy on you in the future.

1. Your Television

2. Your Cable Box

3. Your Dishwasher, Clothes Dryer, Toaster, Clock Radio and Remote Control

4. Your Lights

5. Your Heat and A/C

6. Security Alarms

7. Insulin Pumps and Pacemakers

8. Smartphones

9. Your Tablet and Computer

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhonsa; fedguv; nsa; spyng
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-94 next last

1 posted on 01/27/2014 11:48:39 AM PST by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I also suspect that our cat is spying on us for the NSA.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 11:50:25 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

“Forget about hacking your house. What about hacking your body? In 2012, White Hat hacker Barnaby Jack, recently deceased, proved he could kill a diabetic person from 300 feet away by ordering an insulin pump to deliver fatal doses of insulin. This summer he announced he could hack pacemakers and implanted defibrillators.”


3 posted on 01/27/2014 11:52:08 AM PST by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

How ‘bout “sex toys”? LOL!


4 posted on 01/27/2014 11:52:52 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

#2, #9, and my CPAP USB when I upload it to Doc.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 11:52:58 AM PST by G Larry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void

Ping.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 11:53:33 AM PST by Black Agnes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Ironically the people who will get all excited about nonsense like this are those who can’t leave Facebook and Twitter alone and go apoplectic if they can’t find their cellphone.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 11:54:55 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I figure if I’m on FR, there’s nothing additional to be found by the fedgov.

It’s a liberating feeling.


8 posted on 01/27/2014 11:55:04 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

I am getting suspicious of our dog. He watches me a lot from inside his cunningly contrived pillow fortress...

9 posted on 01/27/2014 11:55:25 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Thanks for the heads-up - I’ve just destroyed everything on that list - now what do I do?


10 posted on 01/27/2014 11:57:53 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mad Dawgg

lol


11 posted on 01/27/2014 11:59:50 AM PST by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Psalm 73
You'll probably need some of this stuff again now ;-)


12 posted on 01/27/2014 12:00:46 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Try hacking a disposable plastic syringe. sometimes the old ways are best.

CC


13 posted on 01/27/2014 12:06:49 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Psalm 73
"Thanks for the heads-up - I’ve just destroyed everything on that list - now what do I do?"

Al Gore is recommending that you go out to your backyard and dig a hole and stick your head in it.

Something about stopping the Polar Vortex® before the planet dies of Extreme Weather/Global Warming/Climate change...

14 posted on 01/27/2014 12:10:17 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
what about the data grabs happening inside your own home, perpetrated not by the government, but by your coffee machine?

Don't worry. All that data is going to find its way to NSA.

Remember, we have to give up our privacy or Al-CIA-duh will get us. The same Al-CIA-duh that Unlce Scam is arming to kill Christians in Syria.

15 posted on 01/27/2014 12:10:50 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

My computer maybe. The rest? No.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 12:15:23 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigbob

There was a FR comment in one of the Ukraine protest threads where the protestors in the area got automated text messages to their phones saying something like “Please be aware that you have been traced to the protest area during the riot”. Not sure if it is true (there was a photo of the text). I know they CAN trace them, but why warn them? Unless perhaps to get people to leave just from the fear.


17 posted on 01/27/2014 12:15:57 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Psalm 73
Thanks for the heads-up - I’ve just destroyed everything on that list - now what do I do?

Um, profit?

18 posted on 01/27/2014 12:16:56 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

There is no doubt that my computer is spying on me. I have purchased quite a few things over the internet. Now whenever I scan different sites for things I am thinking about buying, I get the exact type things I like already picked out to show me.

Doesn’t bother me all that much but it does show how much even an ordinary person is watched.

Some of the other things strike me as a bit weird. Not saying there is no possibility but my dishwasher?


19 posted on 01/27/2014 12:17:26 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

“In America Television Watches You.”


20 posted on 01/27/2014 12:19:06 PM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Time to make a run to Sam’s Club to stock up on more foil...


21 posted on 01/27/2014 12:19:17 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mad Dawgg; null and void

He may have devices hidden in the chew-toys!


22 posted on 01/27/2014 12:20:11 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: F15Eagle

So making meals naked is not a good idea anymore? LOL


23 posted on 01/27/2014 12:22:32 PM PST by Kackikat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Kackikat

Just don’t repeat your PIN in front of the dogs!! BOSCO!!


24 posted on 01/27/2014 12:24:31 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

11. Your public educated children.


25 posted on 01/27/2014 12:25:28 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
NSA-proof clothes dryer.


26 posted on 01/27/2014 12:27:14 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigbob

I am on FB to keep up with relatives and friends plus many conservative groups. Just saw a picture of a relative and daughter with one of The Duck Commander stars. I have probably been on the radar for years since I had a few pen pals in The USSR. They were fascinating. FB is what a person makes it. They are going to find any info they want to and I refuse to play fraidy cat. They probably find more info about me here.


27 posted on 01/27/2014 12:28:38 PM PST by MamaB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Smartmeter and thermostat should be on that list.
28 posted on 01/27/2014 12:29:08 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Your M&M’s are sending your biometric data to ObamaCare


29 posted on 01/27/2014 12:29:34 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

Remote control only and they have no idea where they’re being used unless it has a camera.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 12:29:56 PM PST by maddog55
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Not long ago if you thought your toaster was spying on you you would have been put in a loony bin. I fear that under Obamacare pacemakers and insulin pumps will have an expiration date to turn off when you have used up all your allotted ration of care or if you are targeted by the IRS for “subversive” political activity.
31 posted on 01/27/2014 12:30:12 PM PST by The Great RJ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MamaB

I don’t own a cloths dryer. And my appliances are far from new. Heck washing machine came with house in 89.

And screw the nsa.


32 posted on 01/27/2014 12:30:51 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: F15Eagle

I just never thought I would fear the toaster spying on me, this lends to meaning to my security is toast.


33 posted on 01/27/2014 12:32:06 PM PST by Kackikat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Mad Dawgg

Here is SC we are about to experience “climate change” It is sixty-eight sunny degrees here right now and snow forecast for tomorrow night through Wednesday afternoon. But we think of it as just weather and we love the warm, sunny breaks we get in between the damp, chilly days. Snow is rare here. We kind of like it.


34 posted on 01/27/2014 12:33:49 PM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

They left off cars and “Dick Tracy” watches.

Cable TV has been watching us at least since the early 90s. Probably much earlier than that. People have called me paranoid for that long.

Back in the 80s at TSTI outside of Waco, a big airplane company came in and started operations of re-fitting airplanes. Big 747s would come in, stay a month or two, then fly out. One of the guys who worked there told me they installed mile long cables that would be rolled out from the tail of the plane in flight. It served as some kind of spying mechanism. He had no idea how it worked.

So, when Russia shot down a 747 I had a feeling I knew why. I’m sure they weren’t just spying on other countries with those things. And by the way, I’m not talking about contrails.


35 posted on 01/27/2014 12:33:52 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Former Fetus

Not NSA-proof. Sat photos have amazing resolution these days ;)


36 posted on 01/27/2014 12:34:11 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Former Fetus
NSA-proof clothes dryer.

Does the Home Owners Association know you're using a thermonuclear cloths dryer?!

37 posted on 01/27/2014 12:34:43 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: The Great RJ

I know a left wing liberal who has diabetes and I simply detest him. He’s up to the age that he’s pretty well outlived his usefulness. The only thing I really would want happen if they turn off his insulin pump is that they tell him when it’s going to happen.


38 posted on 01/27/2014 12:37:04 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

1. Your Television

Highly possible through my use of Netflix and Hulu.

2. Your Cable Box

Don’t have one.

3. Your Dishwasher, Clothes Dryer, Toaster, Clock Radio and Remote Control

Not sure what they could learn about my dishwashing habits, but my dishwasher isn’t internet capable. Everything else on that list I own is too old for any kind of spy gadget being embedded within.

4. Your Lights

No hi-tech lighting system or CFLs in my house. Incandescent all the way.

5. Your Heat and A/C

What ... they want to know what temperature I prefer? No Nest thermostat here. I’m too old fashioned for that.

6. Security Alarms

Got me on that one.

7. Insulin Pumps and Pacemakers

N/A

8. Smartphones

Yep.

9. Your Tablet and Computer

And yep.


39 posted on 01/27/2014 12:37:57 PM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
My thermostat was installed in 1983 and I thought it needed to be replaced so an engineer friend looked at its insides and said there is nothing there to break but if you put in an electronic one, it will break. So, not getting a new one.

Appliances in my kitchen don't have electronic anything. Neither does my Maytag washer and dryer. Hope nothing fails so would have to get new ones.

If a new cable box comes out with a camera, when they install it, I'll put tape over it due to the numerous numbers of orgies I have in the living area.

I have tape over the camera in this computer. Don't want the feds seeing me without make-up.

40 posted on 01/27/2014 12:38:30 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The_Victor

Oh my goodness! I feel a meltdown coming!


41 posted on 01/27/2014 12:40:50 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Kackikat

Wait until the gov’t finds out you’re using white bread!!


42 posted on 01/27/2014 12:41:36 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Harmless Teddy Bear

“Schumer: Your TV May Be Spying On You; Reveals Many New TV’s Have Built-in Cameras”

“Researchers have been able to hack into TVs with ease, allowing them to turn on cameras and microphones, spying on families’ living rooms.”

http://www.longisland.com/news/08-06-13/schumer-your-tv-may-be-spying-on-you-reveals-many-new-tvs-have-built-in-cameras-for-video-chat-but-virtually-no-security.html


43 posted on 01/27/2014 12:43:05 PM PST by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: F15Eagle

ROFL...how did you know? Now I’ll be called a racist!


44 posted on 01/27/2014 12:43:12 PM PST by Kackikat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Mad Dawgg; All
 photo doggietoon.jpg

Help FR Continue the Conservative Fight!
Your Monthly and Quarterly Donations
Help To Keep FR In The Fight !!


Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


45 posted on 01/27/2014 12:47:28 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Kackikat

46 posted on 01/27/2014 12:47:35 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Harmless Teddy Bear

“Is your TV spying on YOU? It sounds like science fiction but many new TVs can watch you - telling advertisers your favourite shows or even filming you on the sofa. And there’s no off switch!”

“You are sitting in bed in your pyjamas, drinking a cup of cocoa. A loved one lies next to you, watching late-night television. Pillow talk is exchanged. An alarm clock is set. Eventually the lights are turned out.”

“Earlier, you sat on the living-room sofa eating supper, before loading the dishwasher and heading upstairs.”

“You have, in other words, just enjoyed a perfectly normal night, in a perfectly normal home. The curtains are drawn, the central heating turned up. It’s cosy, relaxing and, above all, completely private. Or so you thought.”

“The truth turns out to be quite the opposite. For on the other side of the world, people you didn’t know existed are keeping a beady eye on your every move.”

“These characters can see what clothes you have been wearing and what food you’ve eaten. They heard every word you said, and logged every TV show you watched. Some are criminals, others work for major corporations. And now they know your most intimate secrets.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2513592/Is-TV-spying-YOU.html


47 posted on 01/27/2014 12:50:03 PM PST by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer
How ‘bout “sex toys”? LOL!

Have you ever heard the word teledildonics?

It all goes into the haystack.

48 posted on 01/27/2014 12:52:01 PM PST by cynwoody
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MamaB

Yep, FB itself isn’t the problem, but many people have made it SO easy to learn way more about their lives than most of us care to know, that it’s pretty silly to worry about whether the power company is monitoring how often they dry a load of clothes ;-)


49 posted on 01/27/2014 12:53:01 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Sorry, just have dumb TV.

My computer connects to the internet. Nothing else. I even have a dumb cell phone.

If you have all the latest gadgets that talk to each other then you can worry.

I don't.

50 posted on 01/27/2014 12:55:48 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-94 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson