Skip to comments.Cellphone Misadventure – They Track You Anyway
Posted on 05/27/2018 4:03:01 PM PDT by rktman
Slugging is an organic ride-share around the D.C. suburbs to commute back and forth to the Pentagon and the neighboring office buildings via high-occupancy vehicle lanes without a toll. As we arrive, she pulls up to the barrier, instead of pulling up to the normal slug drop off area, an indicator that she is going to D.C. not inside the Pentagon. As I hurry to get out, the chord gets wrapped around the seatbelt and my podcast stops. I move over to the barrier and put my stuff down to get organized, I grab the chord and the iPhone is gone. In a panic I check my pockets. I turn around to see how far the SUV has gone, can I stop it, but its gone.
A white SUV approaches, I recognize the Jamaican flag which floods back into memory, and I approach the driver; she rolls down the window and says, Are you looking for this? handing me my iPhone. I am overjoyed. The moral of my misadventure: With or without GPS turned on, they can still track you Password-protect your phone to guard your data Buy phone-loss insurance Keep your iPhone in a deep pocket or in a purse Be careful when you ride-share and never give up Back up precious photos with iCloud or a removable drive.
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“Don’t sweat it, been happening since the 1990’s, as is every conversation you’ve had on any device since around then, including your cable boxes, sat TV boxes etc, and etc. “
Land lines? (I know NOTHING about this stuff)
I am so screwed.
Good. I hope they got an earful today when I explained to my elderly father that it’s no longer a country of the people, by the people and for the people because there’s a layer of corporate and moneyed interests between the people and government.
“If you use EZPass you’re being tracked all over they city. (It’ not just for taking toll money).”
In California it’s called FasTrak but it’s the same system. We keep our transponders in anti-stat bags that prevent them from communicating with anyone or anything, except when were a quarter mile from a toll crossing. Before too long they’re going to know the moment you take a crap in the morning through your iWatch! And people who have these Alexas have no idea of the amount of personal information these things are gathering just sitting in your home.
LOL Everybody I know who has lost a cell phone in DC has been told by the cops the same story! The cops don't want to tangle with the ferals.
Hard to believe that people still don't back up their portable devices. But that indeed still is happening. Anyone with an iPhone should back up their data - it's super easy and automatic in the background. You can set it to do it automatically via iCloud, or manually to your home computer (my preference). And back up your home computer!
That gal had videos and pictures of her dead mom on that iPhone, and no backups. I recently recovered data for a neighbor who had a failed hard drive, same thing, photos of a relative who died, but no backups. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
It’s been one of the huge downfalls of the digital age, I’ve seen it happen a lot. I’m anal about backing up, there was a story on here awhile back, that a pro photog/artist died; and one of his heirs erased a bunch of hard drives with his work on them.
I figure I either made her day - getting her the phone back...or I ruined her day when she was hoping to justify getting a new phone having lost hers... ;-)
Intentionally? That sucks. Depending on how the data is erased, it may be possible to recover. Most people choose a simple formatting, which doesn't overwrite the data. However, once the hard drive is used again then the data is lost. Some years ago my sister-in-law's boyfriend approached me to fix a laptop computer for him, said he was going to give it to my sister-in-law as a gift. One of the problems was a blown hard drive. With my tech tools I was able to recover much of the data, even though it was deleted and formatted. It had many pictures of him and his previous girlfriend on it, and the laptop appeared to belong to the previous girlfriend. I told him the computer was trash and not fixable, and not to bother me again. Moral of the story - some data is better to be lost forever.
Yea good call on telling him the computer was trashed, he owes you one. The story that was on here made sound like his work was gone forever, and he had a pretty extensive portfolio, bummer. Digital vs physical I guess, like when the deceased Vivian Maiers work was found a few years ago and was developed, what a treasure.
There are positive merits to having digital photos. My wife had a box of hundreds of photos in a closet on the other side of a bathroom shower wall. The plumbing developed a leak and flooded the closet, ruining the physical photos. Sadly, they were originals with no copies, and the negatives were in there and also ruined. Nice thing about digital is that it is easy to make multiple backups - just be sure to store the backups in separate locations in case of disaster. I have multiple digital copies of thousands of photos going back decades (including scanned conversions of physical photos). Note: cheap CD and DVD media can fail over time so be sure to make backups to different media. Same goes for USB sticks - they can fail.
Yea, I have redundant hard drives, in different locations. Your right about the cheap CDs , DVDs; I’ve got a bunch that has video on them, and they’ve deterioated significantly, in only about ten years. I lost my original edits, and the thought of trying to get this stuff back on a computer (Hi8), and re-editing makes me ill thinking about it. I really use to enjoy video editing, but it’s too tedious for me now.
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