THE WEB of Things (IoT) is here now

David Linder

David Linder

MSc in Marketing from the University of Salford. Facebook Certified Planning Professional Facebook Certified Buying Professional
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I bet I could guess your password

Let’s focus on an extremely big number.

9 billion

Is that big enough for you personally? Well, this is the approximate amount of data records lost or stolen since 2013 based on the breachlevelindex.

What is worse is that only 4% of the breaches were ‘secure’, and therefore the info was encrypted, and the stolen data was rendered useless.

This averages out to an astounding 58 data records lost or stolen every second within the last four years.

Things can only just get better

In what of the immortal D:Ream (remember them!) – “Things can only just get better”.

Well, not in case you are discussing the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). THE WEB of Things may be the popular name directed at the network of physical devices which are embedded with equipment that allows them for connecting to, and exchange data on the internet.

Given the aforementioned numbers and the truth that there were several high-profile data breaches within the last few years, you’d be forgiven for convinced that, as consumers, we have now protect our very own personal data with same vim and vigour as a high-security bank vault. However, evidence suggests this is simply not the case.

Gartner forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will undoubtedly be used worldwide by the finish of 2017, up 31% from 2016, and can reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Consider that’s nearly three devices per person, for everybody on earth!

You probably curently have one of these brilliant devices, particularly if you got among those cheeky voice controlled home devices for Christmas like I did so. “Alexa, rap to me” kept me amused all night through the various re-runs of the house Alone films.

Internet of things

You are area of the problem…

I don’t normally prefer to accuse my readers to be a problem, however the fact is, several new IoT devices aren’t as secure once we want them to be and we don’t do enough to safeguard ourselves.

In 2017 The Telegraph reported that typically the most popular password applied to devices is ‘123456’, accompanied by the a lot more secure ‘123456789’.

In addition to the, security experts have hacked a bunch of IoT devices from connected baby monitors to smart fridges.

IoT manufacturers are falling over themselves to obtain their products to advertise to capitalize on the booming demand for the most recent ‘smart’ thing, however, which means that a few of these devices are arriving at market without enough consideration directed at security, thus abdicating a lot of this responsibility to the finish user – you!

You have to shop carefully once you rush out and obtain the most recent IoT. There exists a ‘Smart’ everything now – fridge, TV, door lock, teddy bear and also the Quirky Egg Minder, that connects your egg tray to the web so that you can be pre-warned if you are going to be eggless. However, many IoT devices aren’t as secure because they ought to be. Whilst there exists a responsibility on these devices manufacturer to create their devices secure, you might also need a responsibility to make sure you are investing in a secure device also to follow all of the instructions and guidelines on keeping it secure, such as for example changing default passwords, updating software etc.

If you aren’t already utilizing a password manager, then 2018 may be the year to find yourself in it. All you need to accomplish is remember one master password and allow password manager generate unique secure passwords for all you other accounts.

I cannot appear to go a complete article without mentioning GDPR, nonetheless it will probably be worth stating that lots of of the devices collect personal data, so it’s important that manufacturers think about this processing and collection and that customers are informed in what data they’re exposing to the unit.

The future is bright

In the medium to long-term, devices can be a lot more secure automagically, and as time passes manufacturers, regulators and ultimately consumers will continue to work together to make sure data has been protected correctly. Until then, you better go and change your five-year-old Facebook password!

Find more info on data protection and the GDPR.

David Linder

David Linder

MSc in Marketing from the University of Salford. Facebook Certified Planning Professional Facebook Certified Buying Professional

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