Is the Internet Spying on You?

1-internet surveillance Any way you look at this, it’s creepy. People are buying these devices and actually bugging their own living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and other rooms for the sake of convenient entertainment. And what’s more, Amazon says the device is “ever-evolving”: “Alexa — the brain behind Echo — is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.” Many users of the Chrome web browser were unaware that it was turning their computers into “always-on listening devices” via the “Google Now” feature which was built in and turned on by default. What made this even worse was that Chrome is built on the open source “Chromium” platform and the intentional spyware was written into the open source code as well. Because the open source community is so privacy conscious, the backlash was severe. Almost as soon as it was reported that Chrome was always listening in, Google removed the “Google Now” feature from both Chomium and Chrome. It is now available from the Chrome Web Store. Downloading and installing the add-on may make your browser more convenient; it will certainly make it less secure, as it allows Google an easier path to spying on you.

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