The coming smart-thing apocalypse
Bad Password is a hacking and security column by Violet Blue. Every week she’ll be exploring the trendy new cyberhysteria, the state of the infosec community and the ever-eroding thing that used to be called “privacy.” Bad Password cuts through the greed, fearmongering and jargon with expertise, a friendly voice and a little levelheaded perspective.
Like some people I know familiar with the ins and outs of digital surveillance (and startle like housecats when an app makes a geolocation request) I don’t own any “smart” home items. My 1913 flat is well-connected to the internet, and my living room is a hacker’s honeycomb hideout of entertainment playthings, but I’m far too pleased with my paranoia to own something from the class of spyware and advertising honeypottery known as the Internet of Things.