Zachary McCoy, a restaurant worker in Florida, received a surprising email from Google. Google’s legal support team was letting him know that the local police department demanded some of his Google account data. Unless he tried to block it in court, they would release the data in seven days.
Not knowing what he had done, but noticing a case number, he began to search for the information. He found there was a burglary of a woman’s home within a mile of his and his roommates’ house. Knowing he had nothing to do with this, he contacted his parents who in turn hired a lawyer for him.
Their lawyer found out that they were looking for a “geofence warrant,” which just sweeps up all Google data from all GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connections nearby.
It turns out that McCoy uses an app on his phone called RunKeeper to record his bike rides. He found he passed by the victim’s home a few times within one hour, which is actually part of his normal frequent loops he makes all the time.
Even if you are innocently using your apps with GPS that keep track of your activities, you may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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The Victor crew has written about car hacking before. It seems to have escalated to apps being used to hack some cars now. Breaking into certain GPS Tracking apps, the hacker claims to have the ability to even stop engines, as reported by MotherBoard.
The apps he has hacked, called iTrack and ProTrack, are two apps where companies can monitor and manage their fleet vehicles. The hacker found that the apps have default password of 123456 when they sign up. The hacker said he was trying to target the companies, not the users.
Both apps are made in China.
Nothing gives a more sinking feeling than losing your keys. You’ve searched and searched and still can’t find them. Well, there are small finders that will help you find them. Just add these small trackers to your key ring and download the app to your phone and you’re good to go.
There are several on the market. Some work better with iOS than Android so you need to be careful of what you choose. Some even have a backward function where you can push a button on the tracker to find your phone. Some come in multiple sets and different colors.
You can find them on amazon.com as well as your local stores such as Best Buy. There are so many brands out there you will have to read the reviews and decide for yourself.
You usually hear about drones in a negative context. Like when they breach the White house space or even more recently, Enrique Igelsias grabbing a drone as it was flying at one of his concerts and hurting himself. He cut his hand where he grabbed it.
The Victor Crew got to see one in action the other night flying around town. The operator had his mini iPad capturing the video as it droned on above our heads. It has a span of about a mile so it’s conceivable that you can lose site of it. It used gps satellites and you can track it on Google maps. The HD camera gave a pretty good view of the area. It was night so we mostly saw lights.
Makes this blogger want to get one!
See Enrique’s accident here:
If you have, you know it’s nearly impossible. The screen is hard to see in sunlight, you’d have to take your eyes off the road to look at it or keep pulling over. It’s hard to hear what it is saying. These are just a few of the problems.
LiveMap, a Russian company, has been working on a helmet with built-in GPS for the past 5 years. It is Android-based and 4-G. It uses voice technology. Battery should last a full day. They have several prototypes working now.
Price will be $2000. (Early birds $1500.)
Read more about it here.
~ Jody Victor