The All-Seeing Eye

1 09 2013

Did you have to read the book, “1984” by Orson Wells when you were in high school? We did.

The only thing I recall about that book was that the government installed cameras in everyone’s home so they could keep an eye on the citizens.

“How absurd,” I thought.

I was only partially correct in my thinking.

Today most homes in first-world countries…and many in third-world…have cameras in their homes.

The government didn’t do it, though.

We did it to ourselves.

Last year, my youngest son got quite a scare – and I got a wake-up call:

“Mom, um, I’m in really big trouble,” Rob said with a tremor in his voice.

“What’s up, Rob?” I asked.

“Well, I opened my laptop this morning and this was on the screen. It’s from the FBI. They locked my computer and it will cost $400 for me to get it unlocked.”

What? That’s not right. Let me see.” I stepped over to his computer.

Sure enough, there on the screen was a very official-looking notice from the FBI. He was accused of either publishing porn, looking at child porn, or pirating movies.

Huh?

“Rob, it’s a scam. Were you doing any of those things?” I asked, giving him “the look.”

“Well, I was watching a movie on this website. It was only rated PG-13,” he confessed.

“And did you buy that movie?”

“Well, no. You can go to this site and watch any movie you want. You don’t have to pay for it.”

“If you didn’t buy it, then you stole it. Consider this a slap on the wrist from the Lord and don’t steal movies anymore.”

“But I’m in big trouble, Mom. This notice is from the FBI. They’ve even got a picture of me watching the movie…look! Am I going to have to go to jail?”

“Rob, this isn’t how the FBI operates. If you’re in trouble, they come an confiscate your computer. They don’t just lock it up – and then charge you $400 to unlock it so you can continue your illegal activity,” I explained.

“But, Mom, they’ve got my picture…and this is the FBI,” his voice rose with every syllable, his hands shook like leaves in the wind.

“Hold on a minute. Come here.” I walked to my own laptop and got online.

I typed, “FBI Scam” in the search bar. Several website options and warnings about the notice instantly appeared.

“See – it’s a scam.”

From there we did all we could to remove the malware or virus or whatever it was…to no avail. The hard drive had to be wiped, and the original programs re-installed. Even then, it never worked right and was junked soon afterward. What a pain!

The thing I wanted you to see is that the camera on his laptop was accessible by others.

Further, my daughter relayed the story to some friends who were a few hundred miles away. Her friend’s husband said, “Just a minute.”

When he returned to the phone, he said, “Hey. Do you always wear sweats this late in the day?” He went on to describe exactly what she had on, and where she was standing…

…and they were a few hundred miles away, like I said!

Dumbfounded, she asked, “How do you know what I’m wearing?”

“I used your computer. I’m guessing it isn’t even on. Am I right?”

“No, it isn’t on. How did you do that?” she asked.

He said, “There are ways. If I can do this – being a rookie – certainly others can as well. Cover up your camera when you’re not using it.”

A word to the wise is sufficient.

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25 responses

7 09 2013
Especially Made

Whoa! Didn’t know that was even possible.

7 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Crazy, isn’t it? I’m thankful that God is in control. He watches over us and gives us angels to bear us up (Psalm 91). This knowledge didn’t freak me out – it ticked me off. Then it made me feel foolish to realize that I’ve assisted others in snooping into my life. We dare not be “asleep” these days, but must be sober and vigilant.

God bless you and give you a wonder-filled weekend.

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3 09 2013
journeyofjoy

Oh my awesome good LORD! Are you serious? thank you so much for sharing this.

Marlene

3 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Fortunately, our good Lord is ultimately in control. 🙂 I’m just not crazy about people I don’t know snooping around in my home!

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3 09 2013
journeyofjoy

Amen!! and AMEN!!

3 09 2013
Anna Bachinsky

Yikes. That’s scary! Reminds me of this video someone posted recently on people knowing where you are by where you take your pictures (http://kyeos.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/warning-if-you-take-photos-with-your-cell-phone/) It’s so important for everyone to be aware of these things and to do whatever we can to be safe with all of our technology!

3 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Skype is another good one. If you’re online with someone you don’t know very well, do you really want them to look over your home? I try to be aware of what’s behind me when I Skype with someone I don’t know very well!

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3 09 2013
beverley

that is extremely scary, i have covered up my camera!!

3 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

I find it to be rude. Scary? Nah. If God be for us, who can be against us? 😉
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4 09 2013
beverley

God is always for us.

2 09 2013
Toni Sprandel

Very scary!

2 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Not too much – God is in control, after all! 😉

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2 09 2013
Elaine

thank you for this–kind of scary isnt it? covered my webcam up . I want to pick and choose the times anyone can see me!

2 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Pay attention when you’re traveling around town. Our lives could be pieced together fairly easily from street and store cams, too. Oh well. Jesus sees EVERYTHING! He’s the only One I fear! 🙂

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1 09 2013
Pure Glory

Thank God that I rest in the shadow of the Almighty and he is my refuge and shield. Otherwise, I would get paranoid about thee microphone, camera and GPS in the computers, cell phones and televisions. Jesus has conquered the enemy and Jesus’ victory is my victory!

1 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Yeah, I’m not paranoid. Just thought folks ought to be made aware.

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1 09 2013
Pure Glory

Absolutely important for people to be aware of this.

1 09 2013
vonhonnauldt

Wow!! covered my webcam up right away! 🙂

1 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Stupid that we have to be concerned with this, isn’t it?

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1 09 2013
Kari Anne Dorstad

Its getting weird out there ! If not for Jesus i would be living my days in perpetual paranoia. Because of facebook and just the internet as a whole, face recognition technology is is being used to target us as potential customers. A person can look at an advertisement screen in the mall and a camera can recognize their face and change the add to reflect products that person may be interested in. Using information gained data on their face. For instants if the id system recognizes the face of a teen age girl the add could change to teen friendly products. So glad Jesus is the only one who really knows me, and of course he loves me unconditionally. He has soul recognition technology..

1 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Doesn’t matter what “they” do, if God is for me, who can be against me? The battle belongs to the Lord anyway! And He reigns supreme!!

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1 09 2013
nopew

Makes you think, if technology can do that does it not make us think of how God watches our lives? My Mother’s Grandmother always said, “If Jesus came back and you were there (or doing that) would you be embarrassed?” A powerful self-censor!
Peace

1 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Yeah, I’ve used that one on myself plenty of times!

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1 09 2013
Heidi Viars

creepy … and eyeopening! Thanks for sharing, Tami!

1 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

You bet. 🙂

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