Letter to the editor: Lightbulb moment on the appliance of science

Letter to the editor: Lightbulb moment on the appliance of science
A recent article from a Science website claims that hackers are becoming more creative in choosing what devices to target to get our personal data

An article about smart devices on the Science Daily website, and in recent newspapers, discusses the possibility of hackers gaining access to your computer system through smart devices including washing machines and light bulbs. 

This was a matter I was in the dark about. The basic issue is that anything connected to your computer or operated by wifi, such as the light bulbs, needs to have strong passwords to protect your privacy.

To me it seems not that great a worry, not just because I don't have these devices but more so because I don't think I am that interesting. 

A look inside my fridge would show some health food, some not-so health food, and some chocolate, but no fascinating creative cooking that will inspire thousands of home chefs. 

If you want to leave me in the dark by turning off my light bulb, I'll just go to bed and sulk. 

If you think you can spy on me via a wi-fi washing machine, all you are going to see are some dirty clothes and a few 'unmentionables'.

Sometimes science goes too far in developing useless applications for useful technologies and maybe for a while the pressing area of concern is finding a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus.

In the meantime, I am going to see if I need to change my lightbulb or just its password before it gets too dark to see.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Box Hill, Vic,

Melbourne,

Australia

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