Creepy – Is LG Collecting Data on its Smart TV Owners?

Smart LG Home TheaterLast December I published an article about the Samsung Smart TV’s having a security flaw that allowed hackers to enter and download your personal information. Now we have LG downloading your personal viewing choices and sharing it with advertisers.

Earlier this month an article was published on DoctorBeets blog telling all about how the author discovered that LG was spying on him.  It all started when he noticed an ad on his Smart Menu Screen.  He dug a bit into it and found a LG corporate video describing their collection practices. Read more!

Home Security and Automation

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We live in a high tech world and even though many of the technologies are not available to the masses due to financial reasons, those who can afford them can definitely make their houses more secure and automated than Fort Knox. Keeping in mind that today most people live much better than the aristocracy from 200 years ago, it’s safe to say that those achievements of human ingenuity will unquestionably get within everyone’s reach in time. There is no doubt in my mind that the beginning of the process will happen in our life and I just want you to be prepared for one heck of a ride. Trust me, an automated house will change your life forever. Read more!

Try These Gadgets To Keep The Low Lives Out Of Your Home!

It is a sad fact that the world is currently feeling the effects of a recession and many individuals are struggling like never before. Many of us have taken on an extra job just to put some food on the table, and others can’t even find any employment whatsoever. But there are a shadier group of characters that have decided to prey on the honest citizens out there and have targeted our homes for their nefarious activities. We do what we can to keep our families safe and sometimes that requires a little extra help. This article takes a look at some gadgets that have been designed to help is in the war against crime. If you are concerned about your current set of deterrents, please take a few minutes to read these reviews.

SureGuard Mini Door/Window Contact Alarm – $10 – http://www.gizoo.co.uk/Products/SureGuardDoorAlarm.htm

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Understanding Home Automation

Home automation gives you total control of all your devices and appliances with the touch of a button. If you ever dreamed of having a house where everything was automatic, then that dream can be fulfilled today. Home automation gives you the power to control several things like lighting, HVAC, security cameras, home theatre system, irrigation and many other devices you normally use around the house. For many the question is, “where do I start?” Here are some things you should know about home automation technology.
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4 Reasons to Consider Home Automation

Whether or not you have a fancy home, you can install some very simple devices to make it more efficient, user friendly, and more desirable to live in. Technologically speaking, we are way past the simple pleasures of being able to automatically adjust the temperature, starting the crock pot, and turning on lights before you get home, we are in a whole new world.

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Power MetersBecause your electrical meter, your refrigerator and each individual lighting fixture in your home all have an internet addresses, they can be controlled remotely. This can be accomplished via remote control within in your home or a custom designed internet application for your smart phone (the internet). These devices can also be set on a timer so as to maximize your energy conservation. Because they are all constantly connected to the internet, data can be collected and analyzed to provide you with up to the minute reporting (if desired) and a breakdown of your energy usage.

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How Home Automation Can Boost Your Entertainment Experience

Technology makes modern life more convenient than ever before. New cell phones make communication easy. The Internet provides a venue for the instant spread of information and other content. Laptops, TV’s and other electronic devices are constantly finding ways to improve and make our lives more comfortable. One of the recent trends in technological innovation is home automation. In short, home automation centralizes control of your home functions, allowing you to control security, lighting, temperature and even entertainment right from your smartphone or tablet. In 2011 alone, about 1 million home automation systems were sold in North America.

The way people consume movies and listen to music is constantly evolving. The following are reasons why home automation may be the next big step for entertainment junkies.

Streaming is Taking Over

NetflixFor movies and TV as well as music, everything is going digital. The days are almost over when people got out of their chair to put in a DVD or put a CD into a record player. Instead, most people are streaming movies off services like NetFlix or listening to music on Spotify. Read more!

Data theft – The Grinch who stole data

The internet is a whole other world for most of us. We may all do our work and major communication acts with the help of it but after a couple of pioneers, we’re still the new settlers– which means we haven’t really chalked out the surroundings of this land yet. And there are alien species too. Many of them much like the Grinch we’ve read about from childhood stories. The whole purpose of a Grinch is to steal happiness and Christmas gifts. But in the world of the cloud, these goodies and gifts are all in the form of data. Well now that the year is ending, many of these Grinch like scoundrels have saved up a lot of goodies, comprising of our personal and private data. Keylogger, malware, spyware, backdoor exploits have all been used for data theft one after the other. Let’s take a look at the list of spoils.
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Malware is Everywhere!

The Prevalence of Malware

Interacting on the Internet keeps getting riskier in terms of potential Malicious Software Infection. Malware is defined as viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware and malicious applications, and can damage the infected computer, compromise software, not to mention steal personal information. Additionally, malware can slow the computer to a crawl, making web surfing a chore and causing applications to take a long time to open. Incidents of malware infection rose nearly 41 percent between 2010 and 2011.

The country that hosts the majority of malware applications is the United States. Approximately 38 percent of all malware is hosted in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the source of most malware infections come from web pages that are infected and pass the code to a computer when the web page is accessed. Another source of malware is through email. One in ever 239 emails contains some type of malware. Malware is spread through email via attachments.

Though larger companies are often affected by malware, small businesses are targeted as well. Each year, millions of individuals have their computers compromised and/or their identities stolen as the result of malware infections.
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Hard to remember all those Passwords?

Passwords, one of those things we all have to deal with.  Living in today’s high-tech world we must have sometimes dozens of passwords.  Security specialists recommend that you use a different password for all important sites to prevent hackers from following the crumb trail  of our digital lifestyle.  All of our accounts are linked together by email addresses and once an email address has been hacked it can lead the bad guys into all the nooks and crannies of your digital life.  There are password management programs out there which can help you remember a large number of passwords. These are C|Net’s top 5  managers in rating order;

RoboForm has been downloaded FAR more than any other, over 19 million times according to C|Net.  I’ll update this post when I have a chance to test drive RoboForm.
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I’ve used LastPass for over a year now, its low-cost, runs on my iPhone and can be accessed from anywhere. If you’re on your desktop it integrates right into your browser.  On a machine located on an unsecured network there are advantages to LastPass.  Once you enter the Master Password Lastpass will auto entering your user ID and password for you.  There’s a certain advantage to this; you’re login data cannot be captured by keyloggers.
Note:  A good article by Chris Hoffman was posted on this subject over at Makeuseof.com take a moment to read it.

Password strong enough?

Is your password strong enough?  It’s going to need to be Herculean.  Two-thirds of Internet users globally, and almost three-quarters of U.S. Web surfers have fallen victim to cyber-crimes, including computer viruses, online credit card fraud and identity theft.  Here is a little information on password strength.

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If you have many different passwords check out “Hard to remember all those passwords?

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