What is the most contagious thing in this world? A Wiseman once said it’s an Idea. It is certainly the case with IoT (Internet of Things), the concept of connecting physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other everyday objects with a single network via Software, Sensor, Actuators or a Network Connectivity. The idea was originated to enable people to operate home devices from outside the house as well.
IoT is considered one of the most well-rounded technological prospects that surely been caught on by people shortly. A thing, in the internet of Things, could be a person with a heart monitor, an alert to the driver about the tyre pressure in the sensor-based automobile, a farm animal with a biochip transponder or any other human-made or natural objects with an IP address and provided the data-transferring ability over a network.
With the feasibility that IoT brings in your life, it is predicted by researchers that by the end of 2020 the number of IoT devices will reach 30 billion or above.
However, both users and misusers play their significant role and experience the technology in their respective manner, IoT is no exception. The coin has two faces, with the penetration of technology, security issues would also spread devastatingly.
The Issue of IoT Security
As the dynamics of smartphone consumption evolved in our daily lives, so do the hacking abilities of the hackers; when smartphones started carrying out all tasks like making online payments and sending sensitive information, they were drastically begun targeting by web-criminals. The marketers developed paradigms of data-sharing but unluckily left with hacking. Since Smartphones is full of personal data; more the data means more prone to breaching user’s privacy.
With the feasibility comes the risk of being hacked and robbed completely. Since all your home appliances, your car and even your bathroom shower are connected to one device, if that device is compromised, your entire home will be compromised with it.
How the issue of IoT security is tackled
Looking at the examples cited above, it is easy to conclude that IoT devices cannot be secured easily and are more prone to lose one’s privacy and security. Combined efforts of security professionals and tech-corporations are being taken to secure the future technology of IoT. Fiat installed a security patch in 1.4 million cars that would prevent cars to be hacked by the future hackers. Some of the initiatives are;
- A digital security company named Gemalto pioneered the SE (Secure Element) technology; which is a tamper-resistant component for digital security by simple encrypting and better controlling the personal data.
- Microsoft introduces one of the most popular technologies; BitLocker, for all the windows 10 IoT devices to secure the sensitive data of their users.
- Internet of Things Security Foundation, a non-profit organization also took the initiative in this regard. Other leading tech firms like Vodafone, are supposed to take the responsibility of vetting IoT.
- Setup a best VPN service on your home network to protect your entire family from online threats and keep using IoT technology safely.
This article highlights how evolving technology has its own security flaws. No doubt, IoT would connect and simplifies our lives to the next level but how it would misuse our privacy; nobody cannot even imagine. Therefore this issue need to taken seriously before IoT taken over our life and destroy our privacy. World’s tech firms need to cooperate and should take steps beforehand. Their efforts in securing this concept against attacks will determine if it turns out to be a boon for people or a curse.
Jane Collen is a passionate writer who lives and breathes on the internet. She is a tech-geek and love to explore new opportunities. She is currently dedicated to Reviewsdir.com. While Jane is not writing or ranting about newest tech industry gossip, you can find her practicing her yoga and photography, making documentaries.
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