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2/19/2014
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Thomas Claburn
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Kill Switches: Phones Just The Start

Mandatory phone kill switches will hasten the arrival of the Surveillance of Everything. Consider these 11 technologies that come with strings attached.

Image: Bill Olen (Flickr)
Image: Bill Olen (Flickr)

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micjustin33
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micjustin33,
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2/25/2014 | 6:32:50 AM
Re: Remote shutdown
VPN Kill Switch act as assurance against potential information breaks to ISPs in the event that the VPN separates unintentionally. Envision you are associated with our protected VPN searching some private sites or downloading indexes that you might not need your ISPs to know. In the event that amidst the VPN detaches then the default conduct of your PC is such that the skimming or downloads will proceed with decoded and unprotected laying open your tracks to your ISP.

 
SaneIT
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2/24/2014 | 8:27:30 AM
Re: Remote shutdown
It's somewhat funny to think that in a Mad Max style future Nokia phones are going to be the communications device of choice.  I know we have the fringe groups who are preparing for the end of the world but I suspect that some of what they are stock piling will become valuable to some of the rest of us who don't want our every move monitored paranoid or not.
Stratustician
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2/22/2014 | 1:15:35 PM
Re: Remote shutdown
I absolutely agree with you, the demand for pre-controlled devices will almost become a black market. Like a sci-fi movie, the more devices and really anything connected becomes subjected to both surveillance but also remote access/termination, the more the backlash.  We saw what happened when the world started to understand the realities of the Internet and how limited personal freedom was, and extending it to controlling how information can be used, when and where, and physically disabling personal property is probably going to cause an even bigger backlash.

I guess it's time to start stocking those old Nokia phones.  After all, if anything will survive, it's those.
SaneIT
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2/20/2014 | 8:57:12 AM
Remote shutdown
I wonder what this push will do to the value of things like old cars and old guns.  Those who don't want to be tracked will be looking for ways to side step the surveillance.  There will still be plenty of older vehicles out there that cannot be shut down at the click of a mouse so I wonder what the plan is to deal with those.
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