Smart IoT devices are increasingly being purchased to bolster home, and business, security. Which is all well and good until a device management company forgets to password protect the user database and leaves 2 billion passwords and other data open to anyone...
That is funny, but door locks with exposed reset device codes, cameras with recorded content exposed. They took almost a month when the White Hat Hackers notified the company to close the exposure and responded as if the reacted in a day. I almost did a smart lock when I ran an AirBnB in my house, but it looked too expensive for too little gain.
Each of us must find our balance. There are great safety advantages in smart homes for the disabled and those who live alone. But, no one should be subjected to extreme loss of privacy rights. Buyer beware is not enough. We must pressure legislators at all levels for independent oversight and regulation to inform consumers and ensure business conformance. Aside from political activism (which takes a long time), civil action (which is often derailed and settled out of court), the best way to press publicly is via white hats, social media, and economic boycotts (which are often quite effective in very short periods of time).
Phil, I don't think you have to be dumb in general to get #Powned by technology. If people knew how many ways there are to get hacked we wouldn't have done the Internet or mobile phones or personal computers.
I think we can say that the complexity of technology is too far ahead of a persons ability to really know how to use it properly or understand what it's doing. Dumb or uninformed or willfully ignorant of IoT, yes, but let's not say dumb in a sentence that looks like generally dumb. I see most people economizing on their time and they don't see value in learning more than, "what do I get out of this new thing?"
I'd like to agree with you, Micheal. Maybe we have no voice. There is deliberate exhibitionistic submission to snoopy marketing surveillance algorithms making our choices, purchases, and votes for us. We live in a lonely world. "Can't someone else do it?" Now you can say, "Siri, tell Amazon to drone me a beer."
Are you not still making the choice to ask for a beer? Of course you are. But, everyone tracking your choice knows you like asking for beer now. Hence, surveillance options should be the user's choice - they must be informed and have privacy ensured if they choose.
On a divergent note, I started running the AdNauseam browser extensions. It's the opposite of an ad blocker. It background clicks all ads flooding useless false information about the IP you are behind. It's supposed to be worse than ad blocker for the surveillance industrial complex. ;)
@michealrupp. That's probably why I can't blue type your name here in Pluspora. I've been doing a little creative personalization myself. I only allow a couple of access point to the web. And then I count the cookies and watch for the attempts at targeting me with ads. Profiling the profilers can be good fun. AdNauseum.