- Public conversations can be overheard by anyone nearby.
- Private conversations can be revealed, accidentally or on-purpose, by anyone involved.
- Our trash/recyclables can reveal our purchases, financial and medical information, even the supplies we are stockpiling.
- Nearby neighbors can physically see much of our activities.
- Children, especially young children, tell EVERYTHING to their friends, schoolmates, teachers, neighbors, and other parents (even if you've told them not to).
- Social media and over-sharing online, even if you are "hiding" behind a screen name or other fake identity (sorry, you are never really hidden online).
- Parking stickers/permits can reveal where we work or go to school.
Have you considered how much personal information your car is giving away? Think about those family stick figures that are so popular today. Folks, justifiably proud of their families, put them on their back windows as representations of their family. But think about what it reveals to the world: the number of family members, their sex and approximate ages, even what pets you have. Many of these stick figures often also show the interests of the family: Dad holding a fishing rod, Mom swinging a tennis racket, a young boy holding a baseball bat, an older girl wearing a cheerleader outfit. And look, the family has two cats, but no dog. The bad guys now have a real good idea of the make up of that family, including many of their interests.
But it doesn't stop there. That parking sticker reveals where you work. This bumper sticker reveals where you attend church (which, in turn, reveals much of your religious beliefs). Another bumper sticker reveals where your honor student attends school (which, in turn, reveals the general location of where you live). Favorite sports teams, various causes we support, what groups we belong to, and other interests can also be revealed. Quite a database of private information we put on public display without a second thought.
Bumper stickers and window decals can also reveal political affiliation and ideology, even who we voted for in the last election. Or who we plan to vote for in the next. Pro-life? Pro-Gun? Pro-Trump? Liberals are getting triggered just reading your car in the parking lot. And, thanks to those bumper stickers and parking permits, they now know exactly where you work and where your kids go to school. Think about that.
My next article in the Resistance series, I will discuss privacy solutions (hint: its not about paranoia or becoming a social hermit - its about mindfulness and balance) or That article, Protecting Critical Information (An Intro to OPSEC), should post tomorrow.