x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Dangerous minds

Today it seems nothing is safe from hacking – photos, email, bank passwords. Now, even our experiences may be vulnerable.

Protecting our lives in the digital age used to be easy. Make up a complicated password or two, change them occasionally, and voilà, online security.

Those days are long gone, and today it seems nothing is safe from hacking - photos, email, bank passwords. Now, even our experiences may be vulnerable.

That at least is what one computer geek worries after picking apart the new "Explorer" version of Google's smart device, Google Glass. Jay Freeman, an Android and iOS developer, has warned that the headset of the eyes-on-display can be hacked, giving programmers full access to its Android 4.0.4 operating system.

Google Glass is still in testing; we assume Google is on to the vulnerability. But Mr Freeman warns that if hackers did control a Glass, they could watch any move the user makes - hear their conversations, view their movements through its camera. No longer would a bank PIN code need to be plucked out of an email. Hackers could watch users enter it at the bank.

Hackers still can't access our thoughts, at least not yet. When and if that day comes let's hope we aren't thinking anything too incriminating. Though it would offer a great excuse for stupid actions.