HOUSTON — The government is watching you — just kidding! Or maybe not.
BJ Farmer is president and founder of CITOC, Inc. — or Change is the Only Constant — a Houston-based cyber security firm that's been in business since 1995.
"When you turn on a brand new computer, connected to a brand new internet connection, the amount of time from the first attempt at hacking that computer is four minutes," Farmer said.
He said because people are out simply scanning the internet, looking for open holes, everybody is being scanned all the time. This is not a great revelation thanks to whistle-blower Edward Snowden, but it can be scary to think about. Farmer said Snowden revealed the National Security Agency has a lot of power to look inside private companies and behind firewalls.
"Anything you put out there, any text you send, any email you send, you know there's a copy of that somewhere," Farmer said. "Nothing is invisible."
And don't get him started on Pokemon Go.
"People are walking around their house and their office building and so on, trying to catch these Pokemon. Well, this is created by Google," Famer said. "(Google) had been previously trying to map the streets using the Google vans. Now all they did was they made a piece of software, and you're freely walking around your house and mapping your house. You're walking around your office and mapping your office and freely giving your information to them."
Farmer admits it sounds a little Big Brother, but it's all true.
The bottom line is when it comes to cyber security, Farmer said the only safe computer is the one that's factory-sealed in the box.