Wearable technology continues to get more and more popular. With the release of the Apple Watch and the ubiquity of FitBit and other activity trackers, wearables seem to be poised to be the latest wave of devices that are meant to make our lives more streamlined and efficient by giving us access to data anytime, anywhere. Unfortunately, many of these devices come with built-in security concerns that many users are not fully aware of. In today’s blog, learn more about the security risks that are posed by wearable technology.
Bluetooth communication can create vulnerabilities
Wearables connect to your smartphone via wi-fi or Bluetooth in order to share the data between the devices. Unfortunately, the network through which this information travels is prone to breaches and savvy hackers can easily access your information by using brute-force attacks to exploit vulnerabilities in the network connection.
No password required
One major design flaw in most wearable technology is the fact that it doesn’t contain built-in safeguards such as PIN protection or even a password. This means that it doesn’t take a hacker to access your personal data: Anyone who gains access to your wearable can immediately find your data. Always take care to protect your wearable as you would cash in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Data is never necessarily deleted
One of the biggest complexities that is presented by wearable technology is what happens to your data when you close your account, who has access to it, and for how long. Data is cloud-hosted, which means even if you delete your account the data that your wearable has collected doesn’t magically disappear. Instead, it more likely is housed in numerous databases that require historical information and may not give up your information. While you knowingly agreed to allow the company who produced your wearable to own your information (you did thoroughly read the Terms and Agreements policy before signing up for an account, right?), there is no telling what will happen to your data if the company goes out of business or chooses to sell your information to another company.
While these security concerns don’t necessarily have simple answers, it is important for consumers to be aware of the implications of their wearable devices. Most importantly, you should be aware of how your data may be used and ensure that you are fully comfortable with possible security concerns before purchasing a wearable device.
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