Privacy is fragile
How many ways do we put our privacy at risk every day?
Seriously, we need to understand those ways in order to know how to plan to protect them.
Plan a disconnected home
We have a great deal of respect for the skills (if not the ethics) of those hackers on the other side of the planet who breeze through the most rigorous computer security measures every day.
So every time we're invited to involve an app or a Cloud service to accomplish something, we try to say no, or we try to find another way to get the job done. Sometimes that involves a vendor-provided API (application programming interface) that lets our controller communicate directly, from inside our hardware firewall.
We have no problem connecting to a remote server to fetch information; as a read-only entity, the Cloud is safe enough.
But as soon as there's an indoor camera (there are none in this house), we presume that hackers can see what it sees, know when we're around, maybe read some key info from a bill or credit card statement or tug at the little corners of information that turn our private information into a Black Hat broadcast. Whether it's credit card fraud or word to their cronies in our neighborhood that now is a good time to visit, the only way we can think to stop it is to plan everything to work inside our intranet, behind our firewalls, disconnected from the outside.
When the lights are on inside, somebody peeping through windows can see and learn a great deal; when the lights are on outside, people inside have a greater chance of seeing them. In our autonomous environment, with IP-connected cameras that can see in the dark, there's no such thing as sneaking up in the dark.
Trash collection can yield surprising amounts of personal information that document shredding can make useless to information scavengers.
Peeping Tom countermeasures may be effective on-property but optics can still expose surprising amounts of personal information through windows. Appropriate plantings of trees and shrubbery can help break up lines of sight for both people with good optics and cameras flown by drone. It helps that we're on a hill and the properties across are at still-falling altitudes, and that our clear view of what lies beyond makes it that much more difficult to see us without being seen.
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