Rick spent most of this week in the California Desert doing some pieces at the massive BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. He also took some time to play in the Tennis With the Stars media event against some of the top pros. His partner was women's World No. 9, Madison Keys. Don't miss this event each year, visit www.tenniswiththestars.com.
And now Rick and Sully talk spying... Have a listen:
Smart appliances, gadgets and even your car might be spying on you.
Users of products like the Amazon Echo and other "smart" devices are discovering hackers, and even the government can use these electronics for data gathering — or spying.
Consumer Reports will use new standards to evaluate the quality of "internet of things" gadgets based criteria such as how secure products are and what sorts of disclosures are made when a device is collecting your data.
The goal: For consumers to feel safer, and to not have to worry about the real threat of (for example) hackers taking over their baby monitor.
Creepy, yes... This is a timely move by the nonprofit, as users of products like the Amazon Echo and other "smart" devices are discovering hackers and even the government can use these electronics for data gathering — or spying.
1. Government intervention
65% of Americans surveyed by Consumer Reports reported being "slightly or not at all confident" that their data was secure. The watchdog is also arguably filling a void left by government regulators. This past week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back requirements that internet service providers take reasonable steps to safeguard customer data.
2. Run Software Updates
If you're going to buy smart devices, the Better Business Bureau recommends treating them the same as you would a computer. Make regular software updates (which often include patches to address security flaws), use rigorous passwords and pay especially close attention to any cameras or microphones, since hackers can sometimes activate these features remotely.
3. Lock Down your Wi-Fi to Everyone!
Look into cloud-based security tools and consider locking down your home WiFi by frequently changing passwords, creating a separate network for guests and learning about AP Isolation. Reset your devices and add a new password, especially if the default was the ubiquitous "admin" password.
4. Encrypt your Passwords and Files
Use encrypted email, which can help protect your personal information and secure you from phishers. Finally, consider setting the default search engine for your in-device browser as one that doesn't track you.
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