Security Concerns Related to Wearables

Security Concerns Related to Wearables

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Wearable technology is skyrocketing in popularity, and projections indicate that it will continue to do so. There were 87 million wearables online in 2015, and Cisco estimates that the number will jump up to 600 million by 2020. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, and head-mounted displays are common wearable choices right now, but it’s only a matter of time before even more connected devices are made available.

Wearables aren’t only for personal use, though, as forward-thinking organizations see them as a way to boost efficiency, enhance communications, and improve workflow. What both organizations and individuals need to keep in mind is the inherent security and privacy risks that accompany these devices.

Privacy Concerns

Considering all the information that a wearable can track, it’s important to know where that information is going. Soon there will be millions of wearables recording user habits, purchasing choices, personal details, and daily communications.

All that information is highly sought after by advertisers, marketers, app designers, and many other third parties. There’s a significant financial incentive for parties to obtain this information, as they can use it to increase their own profits.

There’s no certainty regarding how secure information collected by wearables will be, and who will be able to access it. Whenever data is transferred between parties, there’s also the possibility of hackers intercepting that information and using it for fraudulent activities.

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May 23, 2017 at 06:27PM

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