Mind-reading technology might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but recent developments have many people wondering if it’s really possible. And while there aren’t any mind-reading devices in use right now, it’s only a matter of time before they are available to the public. If you’re worried about having your thoughts and private life exposed, here’s how to block mind-reading technology from prying eyes.
What is RFID and why should you be concerned about it?
Rfid stands for Radio Frequency Identification and is used in a number of contexts, such as to make inventory tracking easier. Most often, however, it is used by retail stores to track purchases at the checkout counter via a simple card reader which connects wirelessly with the store’s system.
It’s easy for consumers to feel comfortable about Rfid when their personal information remains anonymous (as it does in most cases). But there are some problems with Rfid that may not be readily apparent: In theory, there could be mind-reading technology embedded in the tags which doesn’t just identify what you’re buying or how much you’re spending but also where you are at any given time and with whom you’re interacting – whether it’s medical personnel or your spouse!
What can you do to avoid having your card cloned?
For a long time, credit card information was used to gain access to data about the user, such as their identity and where they spent money. In the past few years, the security of those cards has become more difficult by the introduction of mind-reading technology – better known as EMV or chip and pin cards.
The reasoning behind this is because magnetic stripes can be easily cloned from afar, which gives thieves an easy route into stealing one’s personal information.The transition into chip and pin cards made it so that cloned credit cards could no longer be used for a purchase at a store – even if someone knows your number and security co your p or credit card uses NFC (nea
What if your phone or credit card uses NFC (near field communication)?
If your phone or credit card has a NFC chip inside, it could potentially be used for mind-reading technology. And you might not even know it! The information could be leaked through the card’s electromagnetic field, even if the device doesn’t come into contact with the physical card.
To make sure this isn’t happening to you, go into your settings and turn off NFC capabilities by disabling Android Beam or iPhone Wifi Sharing; there is also an option to just disable Nearby devices. Note that this will disable payments using NFC terminals such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet.
Are there any other threats posed by devices tracking you like this?
Mind-reading technology and facial recognition are used in a wide variety of contexts, including corporate surveillance, retail marketing, and the gathering of information by authorities. Corporations can use facial recognition to identify shoppers who regularly return goods or those who buy too many items at one time; retailers can gather information about the individualities of their consumers in order to send targeted ads based on this data; and law enforcement agencies can use these technologies for surveilling people without warrants.
Many people do not understand that devices capable of scanning emotions and thoughts from a distance pose as serious a threat as physical tracking—if not more so. These technologies make it possible for corporations and authorities alike to track someone without his or her knowledge, invading his or her privacy with alarming ease.
What should I do if my financial information, passport, or license are stolen using RFID skimming, NFC hacking, or some other method?
First, know that the easiest way to protect yourself from a theft of this kind is by removing your RFID and NFC enabled cards from their devices immediately following your purchase.
Second, be aware of the difference between commercial, government, and military use of mind-reading technology – and get educated about what technologies are being developed.
Lastly, be aware that security measures will improve but no such device can fully protect you. In these scenarios, prevention is key. There’s only so much they can do with an RFID or NFC reader as long as you stay vigilant against tracking/stealing/identity theft tactics at all times!
One Last Thing…
Mind-reading technology has been around for a few years now, but it’s still in its infancy and experts predict it will have vast implications across many sectors. Companies are investing large sums of money into developing mind-reading technology, and marketers are using the emerging technology more than ever before with AI techniques that try to discern consumers’ mental states (and buy intent).
As this very personal data gathering technique is still new, the public may not be aware of how much sensitive information companies are accessing from their minds without their knowledge or consent. As of yet, there is no legislation in place that prevents people from using brain waves for commercial purposes and instead relies on company policies restricting what can be done with collected data when faced with allegations that they’ve crossed lines.
You’re probably skeptical that mind-reading technology really exists, but it does – and the reason you might want to block it is because if a government has one, they can’t just turn it off. The Snowden leaks revealed the National Security Agency was geolocating people by name and storing phone metadata in its databases for up to five years. So no matter what you think of when you think of mind-reading technology, we have a problem if privacy is important to you.
Not only are advertisers employing this technique, but corporations and governments could easily use it as well if they had the right equipment installed and turned on at all times.