High-end models of Roomba, iRobot’s robotic vacuum, collect data as they clean, identifying the locations of your walls and furniture. This helps them avoid crashing into your couch but it also creates a map of your home that iRobot is considering selling to Amazon, Apple or Google.
If sold the implications are scary. No armchair in your living room? You might see ads for armchairs next time you open Facebook. Did your Roomba detect signs of a baby? Advertisers might target you accordingly. Better yet, if your house burns down, can the insurance company obtain the data and use it to identify possible causes? Can the police use it after a robbery? Your friendly little Roomba could soon become a creepy little spy that sells maps of your house to whomever wants it.
You may think that you’re safe but this is actually happening right now on your work computers. Your data is harvested, sold and often compromised. Without proper protection and preventative measures in place your company’s data may be at risk. If you’re not 100% sure that your work computers are adequately protected, give us a call at 861-9595. We’re glad to help.