Gifts to family and friends are as important as the date itself, and I know that many times it becomes a complicated task.
I can't help you buy the most appropriate gifts for each member of your family; but I can help you know what not to buy.
Many items that are on the market at very affordable prices, seem harmless but are actually enemies of humanity.
Why are they so bad?
Because they are covert agents with sophisticated technology masquerading as items loaded with sweetness and convenience whose mission is to collect data to feed the person’s digital identity.
You would never distrust a piggy bank or a water bottle, but some of these objects have wireless connections that disrupt the human nervous system.
They have cameras and/or microphones that allow wireless transmission of image and sound files, for example, via WLAN, Bluetooth or GSM that can be controlled by an app and is suitable and intended for spying or recording images inadvertently, without being noticed.
At a minimum they collect name, age, gender, email address, audio and text messages. They can know exact locations, record audio and video where the device is located.
Microphones and cameras are integrated into everyday or simulated objects, such as clocks, simulated smoke detectors, lamps, pop art flowers or power banks. The upper part is located in everyday objects such as flower pots, diapers and wall clocks.
Kind of like the gadgets that spies use, they are created to collect as much information as possible about the user without their knowledge.
Some of these items are banned in countries like Germany because they record images and sounds unnoticed by others and transmit them wirelessly to other devices, such as a smartphone.
If you love someone, protect their privacy. Give them health and peace of mind
There are more and more devices aimed at children, especially smartwatches. Smartwatches aimed at children between the ages of five and twelve are becoming increasingly popular, and include GPS tracking, cameras and microphones.
While parents may find them useful for monitoring their children, these devices collect a lot of information that they share with third parties and normalize the hyper-surveillance of underage individuals.
Here is a list of items that affect our privacy and are NOT A GOOD GIFT:
1. Smartwatches and watches
2. Nintendo Switch
5. kidkraft Alexa 2-1 kitchen – market
6. verizon gitzmo watch
7. ray ban facebook stories
8. meta quest (of course you don’t buy anything made by Mark Suckerberguer)
9. Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag
10. amazon echo frame
11. vacuum cleaner robot
12. toy cars and dolls
13. alarm clocks
14. smart” lamps
15. automatic feeders for pets
16. collars for pets
17. nike shoes
#PRVCYTips If you already have these devices
Check the technical specifications of the device.
If they are common objects with cameras or audio recorders, dont use them, isolate them that they cant record you anymore, or even destroy them.
If they are devices with internet connection:
– Check the privacy settings of the device.
– Enable two-factor authentication on your account.
– Choose a strong password! You can use a password control tool such as KeePass, etc.
– Create a unique email account for the device.
– When you initiate a registration, do not agree to have your data tracked if possible.
– Use your device’s privacy controls to limit access to your personal information through the app (don’t give access to your camera, microphone, images or location unless necessary).
If you don't use the device anymore
– Request that your data be deleted when you stop using the app.
Simply deleting an app from your device does not usually delete your personal data.
The best advice we can give you is not to buy technological gadgets and buy locally; this way you support people in your community and protect your loved ones.
Happy Holidays to you,
Chris and the PRVCY World team.