Individuals today have a binary view of the concept of privacy – it’s either private or it’s not. But what matters most is the nature of the exposure and what is done with that information exactly. When we post and interact with friends and family via the internet, connect our phones over Bluetooth, or even use public Wi-Fi connections, is our personal information 100% secure? The answer is no. Today’s technologically driven world begs the question, how do we keep our data safe and protected? Is any of our personal information fully “private” anymore? Again, the answer is no (unless you write everything down and hide it in one spot that nobody can find for the rest of your life).
The tech industry today is progressing at a rapid pace, making the internet of things difficult to avoid. Ever heard of self-driving cars? Digital assistants like Alexa? Software that allows you to lock and unlock your front door with a simple click on your smartphone? Or even products like PlayDate, a Smart Pet Ball that allows a pet owner to watch their dog from their cell phone while busy at work? The internet of things is the interconnectivity between a physical everyday object, like a coffee maker, and the internet, which allows that object to send and receive data. On one hand, this connectivity makes life a lot simpler and more in sync for individuals, but on the other hand, it creates issues with security.
Let’s take the hot new Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge for example. This refrigerator essentially has all the same capabilities of a smartphone, presenting you with weather forecasts, traffic patterns, and any events you have scheduled on your phone for the day. Additionally, you can play music and use a live camera to see what exactly is in your fridge at that very moment. Sounds convenient! To allow these new technologies to “think” for us, we must provide all account usernames and passwords required to sync our lives from device to device. Except the risk of being hacked only increases when all your devices are synced with these “cool” features. By providing these smart devices with sensitive data, all that information on the device like contacts, messages, schedules, GPS data are all vulnerable to being hacked. Hackers can even go as far as accessing your camera and microphone to actually hear or see all the real-time conversations taking place in your home.
Although these technologies were invented to make our lives easier, we still need to be cautious and aware about what information we put out there, how our data is stored, and more importantly, how we can protect our sensitive information. When it comes time to dispose of any devices that have been connected to your accounts via the internet, make sure to deal with the data left on these devices before you dispose of them. All your information could still be on the hard drive even if you performed a data wipe or hard reset to the device. Hire a company like Guardian Data Destruction to help you keep your information and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
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