How does technology make us vulnerable?
There is a whole array of modern theories of conspiracy; some are more common than others – such as government spy systems and social media brainwashing. I’m addressing a few methods of how does technology makes us vulnerable in this article. Let it be anywhere from our mobile phones to our bank accounts, our computers to even our DNA.
In every smartphone GPS tracking is on by default. In the iPhone, it is a little harder to find, compared to Android devices. GPS tracking has a few major roles in our digital lives.
The GPS function improves the advertising to which we are subjected, geotagging our Instagram images, and suggesting nearby Facebook friends. That’s what it does, thanks, tech guys!
The GPS function plays a negative role in the other darker and creepier hands. The app records your commonly frequented places, alongside the exact date you visited them and when you left them.
There’s still the age-old concern around credit card fraud, and it’s rising. When technology grows, our cards also grow more vulnerable.
Current malicious techniques involve tiny cameras concealed on ATMs and an entire false keypad for ATMs with built-in card scanners. The old email and text phishing also diving for our information.
There’s really no other advice than to stay alert with this one; shake your ATM card reader and never disclose your personal details to suspicious websites or text. And just cover your hand when entering your PIN. Small steps like this might help save weeks of stress and trouble.
Social media is another element on the list and will always be one of the deadliest weapons against us in a technological society. We post everything to it; who we look like, who are our mates, who our family are, where we went to school and what are our hobbies.
Ironically, most of these are often security question choices to make your account recoverable. Thus making social media sweet candy for prospective hackers.
On top of that, social media is incredibly useful for stalkers or sexual predators through our own mistakes – the location feature, or photo backgrounds, or status updates, may reveal your exact location and become vulnerable and threats to real life.
Simple tips like being alert to your surroundings and knowing exactly what you’re posting can save you from some scary or awkward encounters. Unless you’re not using social media, it’s certainly possible to be used against you.
Cars and Other Transportation
Transport is getting to be powered by technology, specifically by the internet, GPS, and online features in smart electric cars. It has been demonstrated online a few times, these smart cars can be hacked.
With the invention of self-driving cars, I doubt you’ll have to worry about your car spinning off into the oncoming lane, but underground attacks might be possible. Imagine someone being able to see exactly where you’re going, how long you’re staying there, where you’re heading, where you’re living, your entire contact list, and a host of other vital information.
Smart TVs connect with the internet, permitting customers to access online apps, just like streaming services. According to the FBI warning – it may make customers prone to surveillance and assault from bad actors as they’re internet-enabled.
A cyber-criminal may not be capable of getting entry to your locked-down laptop or computer directly, however, it is feasible that your unsecured TV can give them a very easy way in the backdoor via your router.
Hackers have proved that it’s feasible to take control of smart devices in people’s homes.
The worst case would be that they are able to activate your bedroom TV’s camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you.
Our Own DNA
You’ve been reading that correctly. On a variety of levels, our own DNA, the one thing that is most secure and personal to us, is completely fragile. Our DNA is left everywhere from the hair strands left on your mattress to trace amounts of saliva left on the cigarette-end you discarded in the garbage.
The conspirators among us know how bad this can be; secret government agents might collect our DNA left in public places, such as left on a can seal, or blood after an incident, and conduct a wide range of unknown tests, the most popular theory being cloning.
For example, this is purely speculation, but the pollution of crime scenes is one true and frequent occurrence. Criminals deliberately contaminate their crime scene with planted DNA.
This is not something to stress about for the average person. Be wary of those with a psychopathic stalker who appears to be a killer and also a stupid academic regarding DNA products and how to harvest or forge them.
As technology continues to develop and expand into almost every aspect of everyday life. The chances of vulnerabilities are growing exponentially from the vehicles we drive to the devices in our pockets and everything in between. It can happen to any of us – cheating, identity theft, and even framing. As we reach a technology-driven society, are these problems going to continue to rise or are we going to find an ultimate solution one day? Stay vigilant and you’ll probably be all right – just think about using a suspiciously placed ATM before you next check-in to that local store.