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There is no such thing as privacy in the advanced digital age. NONE, ZERO, NADA... No reasonable expectation of privacy when using any form of digital communications of ANY kind, encrypted or not.
Anyone who assumes they can achieve complete anonymity and privacy are making a dangerous assumption. That said, unless you are an important person, or someone engaging in illegal or suspicious activity or otherwise have a need for secrecy and privacy you really have nothing to fear. They are not monitoring everyone and everything all the time, they can't and don't need to...
That is the attitude that allows this mess to continue unabated... It's apathetic, the loss of privacy is but just one more step in the non stop chipping away of freedoms and liberties...
reply to post by Ghost147
In short - I think the NSA has better time than to install these devices in laptops going to an average citizen. -fossilera
I don't know why anyone is worried?
Look, the NSA can tell the type of screw on the wing of a Boeing 747 from orbit. Even with that capability, it still took our government over 10 years to find a 6'7" Arab man dying of kidney failure.
A physical device (however tiny) is unlikely to be used by Govt security services on ordinary people.
If anyone can prove this statement incorrect; lets see the devices.
This device (if it existed) would be of enormous interest to everybody and , if found, would jeopardize every other device out there so it is very unlikely unless the purchaser of the laptop is somehow involved in something that directly attracts the security services attention.
As others have stated, the mess that is Microsoft OS's and it's implicit lack of security provides a variety of options to cease control of device using software that is freely available to anyone...
Has any tech-savvy ATS user ever found any strange contraptions imbedded in their computer?
I wonder how far this activity extends to? Makes me not want to buy a new laptop.edit on 30/12/13 by Ghost147 because: (no reason given)