Wednesday, December 18, 2013

6 Ways "They" Are Spying on You

We have heard of it, “They” spy on us, it’s not news. But do you know how they spy on us? Do you know their ways of acquiring information about who we are, what we do and what are we going to do?

Knowing how they do it may help us take a little control back in our hands and secure our privacy. It is a long shot, but if we all work together and pay attention on these things, “They” will lose their power over us.

6. The Internet Says a Lot About Your Character

Have you ever listened to a song on YouTube and the next day similar songs were found in your recommended sidebar, or have you ever searched Google about something and when you went on Facebook an ad, exactly about the thing you searched before was on your Sponsored sidebar?


Of course this happened, it happens to all of us because the large companies use algorithms and codes to create a profile on each one of us. With these profiles they can target individuals more easily and sell them stuff, according to their needs. If “They” know what are our needs they know a lot about our character.

But, that’s not all...

Your internet connections, your friends, your likes, your pages, your messages, places you spend most of your time on the internet, “They” know all of this and when you combine all this information, it creates a very vivid profile of your character, more vivid than your Profile Picture on Facebook.

You’ll probably say “They” don’t have a right to do this. But the thing is you gave them the right to this. You approved to share your personal information each time you “agreed” with the Terms and Conditions and we all have read the Terms and Conditions didn’t we?

5. Telephones Record Your Conversations

You may be the kindest person in the world, but if you say something like “bomb”, “kill” or some other threatening word, an automatic recorder starts recording your conversation. After your conversation is recorded it is sent to a supercomputer that analyzes its “Threat Alert” and calculates the probability of it being a real threat. The phone you use doesn’t even have to have a recording option, the conversation is recorded through the network provider you use.

This is for the best of everyone, right? I mean it makes us safer from hostile plots. But who is to say that there are no other hot-words that turn the recording on which don’t have anything to do with terrorists?

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