They’re working on an app that will allow you to unlock your front door with your phone. People seems to think this is a good idea. After all we sometimes forget our keys and lock ourselves out. Of course, the solution is not to develop habits that make you keep track of your keys. They best thing is another machine that takes over for your dead brain cells.
I like to believe one day there will be a computer that can launch our nukes in case the President forgets his code.
Wouldn’t that mean someone else could pop your lock with their phone? Couldn’t some break and enter without actually breaking? Now of course, someone can pick a traditional lock. Or kick in a door or break a window, but it sure seems like we’re making ourselves less and less secure. We can’t remember our keys (which is a security problem in itself), so we have an app on the phone. Why not have an app that reminds you to bring your keys? Or a spare key that attaches to your phone (since apparently you can remember that). Nevermind that phones are already being targeted by identity thieves because the “smart” phones with the dumb users are stuffing those things full of more than house keys.
Our cars have a program linked to a third party that can unlock your car doors or shut your car off.
You have a black box in your car that can report to your insurance company what you were doing when you had your accident.
Your smart phone can tell anyone with access where you are every moment of the day.
The thousand cameras on your public street and every establishment help with that too.
In case your kid doesn’t have a cell phone, some schools want to put chips on them to keep track of them.
My bank is asking so many security questions now that I can’t prove who I am because I have no idea what answer I gave the last time. I don’t know where my parents married! I didn’t think they needed to know my son’s birthday so I didn’t tell them. Now when it prompts with that question, I can’t remember if I gave them a number, a day, or the word “noneya.”
Facebook tells everyone else every click I make.
The airport thinks it has a right to look at or touch my privates.
Newspapers think they have a right to broadcast to the world if I have a gun.
Now, this may seem like paranoia, but doesn’t it seem like all you need is one person with enough power and suddenly the mechanation would be in place for someone you don’t want to to unlock your front door and search your premises (or confiscates things in your absence, including say children), shut your car off while your driving so they could pick you up, get a portable strip-o-meter and frisk you at every public venue (like the TSA was looking into), know where all your assets are and freeze them all (patriot act)?
Really, we’re turning into a culture that turns over the keys to everything and leaves ourselves with nothing that can’t be shut off by someone else. I mean there’s a FB scam going now where people make up pages as individuals, get that person’s friends, and trick them into giving up personal information on the individual.
And what do we do about all this? Complain after the fact. What people have forgotten is that privacy was not protected because we don’t want people to know who’s kissing who. It was protected because privacy protects us.
You don’t need to know who all my associates are. You don’t need to know if I own a gun. You don’t need to know how many miles I drove today. You don’t need to know where I’m going right now. You don’t need pictures of my children. You don’t need pictures of my wife. You don’t need my home address unless I’m inviting you there.
Come on people, think. Not every convenience is a good thing. Not everyone needs to know everything about you. And there are things you should not let people know.