Recently pressure for tech companies to relinquish their hold on encryption has increased. Government agencies are growing more and more impatient with the designers of devices that allow users to communicate “in the dark” without fear of being monitored.
The repeated cries of the agencies is that dangerous terrorists like ISIS and other gangs are able to go dark and plot their evil. The proposed solution is for the government agencies to be granted a back door access by the tech companies who create the devices. This alleged back door would supposedly be used only in the most extreme cases of suspected wrongdoing and would only be accessible by approved government officers.
This all sounds good but you have to remember if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t true. This is where my take on things turns aside from the rest of the herd. This is all a big show in my opinion. I believe the back door on your device is already there and if you are someone of interest you are being watched and listened to right now. In fact, you can gather most of what I told you in the first couple of paragraphs from Fox News, but I am writing about it to warn my readers. Don’t be stupid. Don’t do illegal stuff, but also don’t think you are safe just because you are not doing anything illegal. The back door can also let burglars in. It can let foreign spies in as well. As far as only government employees having access to the back door, I will just say I hope you know how that goes. Consider the last job you had. Did you lose the skills you learned at that job when you quit or got fired? Neither will government employees when they get fired or quit.
Be honest with yourself. This modern technology is only going to make life easier for you and if you don’t keep up you will feel left out. I understand all that but don’t make decisions that are going to compromise your privacy.