Daily Archives: September 15, 2014

Why I am backing the ‘1984’ Stealth Fashion for the Under-Surveillance Society by Zoltan Csaki on Kickstarter

Here are my reasons for (and why you might want to as well):

  • To reduce abuse of access to your data: There are more and more stories of organizations, government and other, using and abusing data given off from your cell phone (e.g. this story on location based marketing in Toronto being just one).  This product can help put a stop to that.
  • To increase the amount of control I have: I may not have an issue with others using this data and there may be times when I think there is a benefit to me to have this data accessible. Generally I don’t, but I like the option. This product helps with that.
  • To encourage more people to make such products: if this campaign is successful, I hope to see more businesses attempting similar but different and possibly better products, which is a benefit to me and people like me who values their privacy.

Reasons against:

  • it’s not foolproof. By that, I mean anyone with enough motivation could still use the data you inevitably will give off when you are using your phone to extrapolate things about you. As well, there are other ways you can be tracked (E.g., abusive apps).

In my case, I think the reasons for outweigh the reasons against, and that is why I have pledged to this Kickstarter campaign . I would encourage you to pledge as well.

Here’s a link to it: ‘1984’ Stealth Fashion for the Under-Surveillance Society by Zoltan Csaki — Kickstarter.

Lost your iPhone? A PIN won’t save you from it being abused. Here’s why

My son misplaced his phone. I assumed he was safe because it had a PIN on it and it was locked. Turns out someone must have found it and was using it to rack up big long distance phone bills. Here’s just one way people can do this: 3 Ways to Bypass iPhone Passcode – wikiHow.

Obviously I am not encouraging people to do this, any more than I would encourage people to steal or commit other crimes. I am encouraging you to call your provider whenever you can’t find your phone.

Smart Watches: not just Apple

Apple won’t be the only one driving people to use smart watches: Google and other manufacturers are getting in on the action too. For more details, see the Official Google Blog and this post:  Android Wear, moving forward like clockwork.