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October 29, 2015

The coming smart-thing apocalypse

by John_A

Newest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2014 International CES

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.

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