tracking user data and then selling them off to the highest bidder – without the user’s consent! In the end they had to pay a fine of $2,2 million dollar and delete all data collected prior to March 1, 2016. Nonetheless, the damage was done.
TV’s are just the tip of the iceberg though. In the end almost every smart device out there will probably try and get some piece of your data-pie. As Avira’s CEO Travis Witteveen noted: “My network is full of data traffic. Even when I am not at home and “nothing” is actually happening, my network is alive and active. There are firmware updates at least once every week, which need to be applied for “security related fixes” to a device. There are application updates every day. There is traffic going to places and services, which I never remembered authorizing. I have no clue what the contents are, which are being shared, about me and my family, over the network. As the CEO of Avira, I consider myself to be security/privacy aware, yet I have to admit: this new world of IoT is far too complicated in order for me to manage and understand it all without help.”
Right now help is hard to find, but luckily you are not without options:
While those are all perfectly fine things to do, they are time consuming, not always very intuitive, and they don’t cover every aspect of your digital life. Luckily there are programs and tools that can help you with this task, including the upcoming Avira SafeThings. Whatever you choose to do: make sure to be comfortable with the devices in your home and their privacy setting.