It's getting harder and harder to stay private when you're out and about. Between Google's camera cars, smartphone cameras and security cameras, it's likely you're being recorded by someone just about everywhere.
Now that personal drones can peek in your windows and video-recording accessories like Google Glass are around, you might not be safe indoors either. Even worse, these gadgets might be using your own Wi-Fi network to spy on you.
That's just one more reason why encrypting your router is so important. Click here to learn how to secure your Wi-Fi network against any intruder.
Of course, if you have a second public network for visitors, own a business with a free network or just live near open networks, there's not much you can do. Or is there?
Surprisingly, there's an artist who thinks he has an answer.
Julian Oliver has built a little Wi-Fi unit called the Cyborg Unplug. It's based on a small program he originally wrote called Glasshole.sh that automatically kicks Google Glass users off your Wi-Fi network.
The Cyborg Unplug, though, doesn't need any setup or extra hardware. You simply plug it into an electrical outlet and it stops Google Glass, drones and other surveillance cameras from connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
It does this by detecting a gadget's unique and permanent MAC address and telling the router not to allow that gadget. I wrote a tip in the past on how to filter MAC addresses manually on your own router, if you're interested.
What's got people really interested in Cyborg Unplug, though, is that if you switch it to "All Out Mode," it blocks surveillance systems from using any open Wi-Fi network in range. Naturally, the legality of doing this is questionable, so the creator says you shouldn't activate this feature. The "wink, wink" is implied.
When it comes out, the Cyborg Unplug should be $50 to $100, which is the cost of a mid-range router. Given that home users can just encrypt their routers, and the "All Out Mode" will get you in trouble, I see this being snatched up mostly by bars and coffee shops to protect their open networks.