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About "9 things in your home that may be spying on you."

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Mike Flaim, of Milford, Ohio, is a professional woodworker who likes doing things the old fashioned way, using antique tools to hand-carve wooden tables, bookcases and wall displays.

This is just one reason Flaim’s Smart TV and cable box have him concerned his home technology may be spying on him.

“They can go in my bedroom and know what I’m watching in there. And I don’t think that’s appropriate. It’s no one’s business what I am watching in my bedroom. And it’s just getting worse,” he said.

But Marge Schiller enjoys the latest in home technology. She loves her Amazon Echo and uses all of its features, including asking its personal digital assistant Alexa to order things on Amazon, give her the morning weather report and even play music in her home.

“Alexa, play some soft music,” she said, and her home was filled with soothing music within seconds.

But she, like Flaim, wonders how much these devices are hearing and what they may be sharing with their manufacturer, the government or just strangers down the street.

A recent murder investigation had police asking Amazon for recordings made by its Echo device, which conceivably could have recorded the murder taking place.

9 devices that can spy in your home

The British newspaper The Guardian recently published a disturbing report on all the devices in our homes that are connected to the internet and have the capability of sharing our innermost secrets with people all over the world.

These potentially “spying” (or at least sharing) devices include:

1.       Amazon’s Echo (and its Alexa digital assistant)

2.       Google Home (Google’s version of Echo)

3.       Networked video games, like the Xbox Kinect

4.       Smart TV’s

5.       Facebook Live

6.       Laptop Skype cameras (which face you at all times)

7.       Home security cameras

8.       Baby monitors

9.       Internet connected appliances (like Samsung’s new Family Hub refrigerator, that has web-connected cameras inside)

How can you prevent spying?

Apolonio Garcia is the president of a Cincinnati-based information technology company, HealthGuard IT Security.

“Everything from a crock pot, to a thermostat, to your car … all these things have the ability to receive and transmit data, wirelessly, across the internet, which make our lives so much easier,” Garcia said.

But he says that convenience can come with a price.
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