Why Your Data Is In Danger With Wearable Technology

When wearable technology like the Apple Watch was released, it resulted in people all over the world drooling at the prospect of Apple computers, phones, and watches all syncing together, sharing a huge data base with each individual platform. Since the Apple Watch was initially released, companies have taken in upon themselves in order to improve aspects of businesses such as workflow, communication between one another, and to provide a higher level of efficiency in businesses using Apple products.

However, as businesses have taken this opportunity to increase the productivity within it, there is a suggestion that there will more than 200 million people wearing technology by the year 2018. Understandably there are various positives to come out of wearable technology, but what of things you don’t hear about? Wearable technology also has considerable disadvantages and here they are.    

In this day and age with a lot of information and data shared on a virtual cloud, different people are able to access different amounts of information without permissions and through simple hacking processes. With all the access available remotely, pin protection and fingerprinting becomes increasingly crucial and without it information will become accessible at any given time and any given place.

Accessing data may not be the only problem, as third parties will often share information, making even more accessible within the minute. This means your sensitive information becomes immediately tracked and found by third parties and those looking to utilize the information. Your personal data also has a possibility of being intercepted by none other than hackers. Remember that your personal data is important and should not be compromised at any risk.

Hackers now offer a consistent threat, finding themselves locked into servers such as Playstation and releasing confidential, celebrity images. Considering everything is now becoming technology based security needs to be increased and made a priority. In the 1960’s, Spyware or Secret Agent Technology became increasingly popular. It was a way of secretly monitoring everyday civilians through the use of video and audio. Wearable technology immediately gives up your location, video and audio as well as access into all of your data, your surroundings and your conversations. It has become increasingly difficult now to shake off the shackles of consistent surveillance.

People may not understand the reason to keep data securely protected, but according Conan Dooley ‘If that data was carelessly stored, and then stolen through a breach by a malicious third party and sold to unscrupulous organizations that want to use that data to assess your health risks, you could one day face steep increases in health insurance…’ This indicates the importance of protecting data and restricting the amount of exposure each and everyone sees. Companies and laws are constantly changing so once you share your information with major businesses or the government, loop holes are in place to in order to secure the information and use as freely as they wish.

Even though wearable technology may be a risk in certain circumstances, there are various ways to avoid your personal data being used. Here are three quick tips to keep you and your personal data safe!

  1. Enforce extra security precautions, with long, complicated and unique passwords. Make it as difficult as you possible can in order to protect your own data. Take your passwords seriously, as 90% of passwords can be cracked easily and within seconds, so avoid using simple terms, birthdays or even your name. It may be easy to remember, but it is also easy to hack.
  2. Read the finer details of your user agreements for the cloud service you use. It may seem like a long process, but you are ultimately signing yourself into an agreement you don’t understand, or even know about.
  3. Do not share, or place your sensitive information on cloud, as storing information important to yourself, or business away from the virtual world.
  4. Encrypt your passwords. Encrypting is a secure and safe way to protect your personal data. There are many different software programs in place to help encrypt your files on the cloud and assist you in creating a password that’s safe and secure.  B1 Free Archiver  and TrueCrypt are just a few of the programs being offered today that can help with this.

About Roman Winter

Roman Winter

Roman Winter is a graduate from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Film and Media Studies. Roman has a passion for writing with several years experience in journalism and various different areas.

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  • This article makes some interesting points, but I am curious how this relates to wearable technology in particular? Aren’t the issues with hackers, the security of the cloud, password encryption, etc. all fundamental reasons to protect your information, which isn’t relegated to purely wearable technologies?