Category: Smartphones

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And That Is How Your TV Is Watching You

Have you ever heard of the term “idiot box?” Maybe they are not that dumb? Smart TV’s are able to watch you watch TV and learn about the devices on the same network in your home. By the way, even if you had never heard of the idiot box term, I am sure you can easily guess that it is the North American word for a television set. At least, that is what Google seems to believe.

idiot box definition by Google

In fact, search of “define idiot box” yielded the definition “a television set.” Marriam-Webster seems to agree as well.

Back to our point, though. Your Smart TV has been reported to spying on you with your consent but, if you are like the majority of Smart TV owners, without your knowledge. So, go ahead and read up on these stories about what Samba TV does with your data and what bad hackers could trick your device into doing. Armed with this knowledge, you will at least be able to understand how in the world did that company know to advertise this or the other product to you.

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What’s that text from v5d@urdoc.us?

If you are like me, you did not want to open an apparently random text from v5d@urdoc.us or whatever the username@urdoc.us that just came to your phone. So you did a quick search in your favorite search engine and this article came up.

So, nothing to worry about. It’s just your optometrist or your dentist (one of those medical professionals you recently visited) reminding you of an appointment or a prescription to pick up.

Alright, with that said, here is a little disclaimer: be careful! Some crazy dude could forge this and spoof that sender’s email address. So, do not download or open any attachment if you can help it. First call your doctor to confirm (or check your email) and see if they sent you any notification.

Great! I hope you have a some peace of mind now. I did once I was reassured and run the antivirus and all the good stuff any cautious person would wanna do.

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