I don’t see a “security” thread so I am landing here. I may be paranoid but I think I have grounding for this. This is what I think about.
We’re living in the age of big data. What does this mean? It means that if you purchase all of your grow equipment and supplies from Amazon or Amazon plus Home Depot (or whatever your local supply is) and you pay with a credit/debit card, your purchases are linked to you. IF a law enforcement person does a big data search - say everyone who buys all of these items - LED grow lights, grow bags, air duct filters (a dead giveaway), and something called gringo rasta fertilizer, and horticultural mylar, egardless of where they bought it, they could theoretically link all this together and conclude you are a grower of mary jane. Does this bother anyone? Do you buy stuff and only pay cash for it? No matter how you pay for it, if you buy from amazon your name is going to be associated with that purchase. I don’t want to get political here, but I am losing faith in the governments propensity to respect our rights of freedom from search and seizure.
I started using a VPN service so my emails emails and connections to this forum look like i’m located in another city far away. I’m trying to get friends to use Signal texting app. I don’t put pictures of mary jane on my cellphone. I don’t trust they will end up in google photos by accident. or those other photo repositories. I keep my camera air gapped until I post on here. Does anyone else do this? Most police are law abiding and respectful. They could probably care less if you smoke a joint. Growing, however, can be another matter.
Are you concerned about law enforcement over-extending their reach?
BTW, if you read the privacy policies of many apps and programs, you will see that we are basically screwed.
paranoid pot grower