Security Issues in Wearable Gadgets and Technology!

Wearable technology is getting very popular these days and as per the predication of a consulting firm ‘Deloitte’, more than 100 million wearable gadgets will be available in the market by the end of 2020!

These wearable gadgets basically track the user’s performance, lifestyle and behavior from the information. Although, to maintain data about themselves can help the people to track their personal goals, but it also makes them accessible to the hackers in a wide variety of ways.

Whereas, some users think that if the application hasn’t enrolled itself with privacy policies, means it’s not sharing or collecting their personal information. Well, let me tell you very clearly, there is nothing like that.

Bluetooth communication is exposed to remote tracking – All the wearable devices make the use of Bluetooth synchronization to get in touch with the Internet. Although, this is easy, but it is like to create more security risk especially for cyber criminals. By tracking your Bluetooth communication, a hacker can easily get to know whether you are at home or away from your home. Although, this information is not at all sensitive, but it could give a message to the criminals when your home in untended.

Privacy Policies are inadequate – Many wearable technology users estimate that a certain level of security and privacy policies stand by with the applications and the devices they are using. But the truth is, even wearable devices have not hooked up with their privacy policy provisions. Nearly, 52% applications don’t have their own privacy policies. However, for many companies, it is mandatory to have a section of privacy policies if they want to gather and manage the personal data of its users.

If your application is also lacking the privacy policy, then its worth to check out what the other thing your application has not addressed!

Passwords are not encrypted – Some of the self applications do not encrypt the passwords of the users. It means they transmit these passwords in a crystal clear text. And, it’s quite obvious that if your password in not protected, means your personal data such as your email address, your name, your phone number, your birth date and other important details can be easily accessed by hackers.

If you have given the same passwords to your various accounts, then you wearable technology make it easy for hackers, spammers and scammer to gain access to these devices. And, if you want to protect yourself, the best thing to do is to give a unique and different password to your wearable technology.

Applications hook up with multiple domains – Majority of the wearable technology connects with 5 domains. But, some of them hook up with nearly 14-15 different domains for various purposes such as tracking, advertising etc. And, users are generally not aware of the places their data is transmitting. So, you should choose a very unique name while creating an account for your wearable technology and that name should not link up with your original name in any way. Doing so, you will be able to secure personal information when it is transmitted to other domains.