The Medium is the Message
As troubles in the economy churn on, people are changing the way they watch TV these days. Per usual, convenience and cost are traded for a bit of your privacy. Gone is the hefty cable subscription, especially for the spendthrift millennial. Hulu subscriptions are cheap (about $7 a month) and “Netflix & Chill” is every bit a cultural reference of a generation. (If you don’t mind paying cable, however, we’ve found DirectTV seems to give you the most privacy as a provider. That's rare these days!) People don’t just click “On” on their remote anyone and just still flipping through a vast array of broadcast and cable channels like they used to. Being cheap takes a little more work to get content off the Internet from your subscription or video platform to play on your TV.
Medium/Average privacyNow, for the gaming consoles: Microsoft makes Xbox and Kinect and Sony’s PlayStation are alarmingly on-par with each other as far as being medium-level bad with data collection. They don’t state anywhere that you can opt out and they BOTH have binding arbitration clauses that say you can’t sue them later for collecting data on you. If I were you, I’d have a CreepBlocker decal on those webcams – just in case, and I’ll tell you why: Once I noticed the ominous blue light on mine, like it was recording me without my knowledge! That day definitely helped my resolve to develop easy-to-use webcam covers for everyone!
Lastly, we have Roku, which ranks dead last in terms of privacy. I wouldn’t recommend this device. Our advice for all of these devices is to only be connected to the Internet for firmware updates and then disconnect again.
Lastly, when it comes to privacy, we always highly recommend our Creepblockers to put on all your device cameras and laptop/computer microphones.
Stay Safe & Be Well,
XO Tech Wellness Tribe