If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.
George Orwell, 1984
Have you ever felt like a hero of a thriller movie? Have you ever had an inkling that you are constantly being watched and followed? Well, you might actually be. No, It’s not paranoia or a product of your fevered imagination. In fact, you might actually be spied on by your smart gadgets. These ordinary objects with super power know about you more than you could have imagined. Not only do they know a lot about you but they can as well communicate with other things and share your personal information. Your smartphone knows where you are, your smart thermostat can tell if you are at home or not. Your smart fridge can tell what your eating habits are. Your wearable gadgets are aware of your physical shape. They know how much you have walked today, and how long you have slept tonight. Other smart devices can tell what medicine you are taking, what is your current weight, and medical situation, and even how fast your heart is beating now.
All these things, which can sense, communicate and interconnect with other things, are the Internet of things. Their futuristic capabilities mesmerize, captivate, and conjure up in mind clips from sci-fi films, with flying cars, and unparalleled opportunities for brand new life and brave new world.
Smart things can extremely optimize and facilitate human life. This especially concerns healthcare. They can even save your life signaling that your heart rate is going up and something is going terribly wrong. However, nowadays, the Internet of things is more of a geek paradise and a privacy hell.
If you use smart gadgets, do it at your own peril and risk
According to the public announcement, issued by FBI 10 September, 2015, the Internet of things opens opportunities for cyber attacks, for instance:
Criminals can also gain access to unprotected devices used in home health care, such as those used to collect and transmit personal monitoring data or time-dispense medicines.
Once criminals have breached such devices, they have access to any personal or medical information stored on the devices and can possibly change the coding controlling the dispensing of medicines or health data collection. These devices may be at risk if they are capable of long-range connectivity.
That doesn’t sound fun, right?
Well, here are some life hacks from FBI to prevent trespassers from hacking into your life:
- Purchase from vendors with a track record of providing secure devices.
- Change default passwords.
- Change an open Wi-Fi connection, use your gadget on a home network with a secured Wi-Fi router.
- Don’t use simple phrases for your password or personal information that can be easily retrieved.
- Update as soon as updates are available.
Advanced development of technologies is turning our present into future, posing new, inevitable opportunities and risks. To face them successfully, keep up to date with changes because forewarned is forearmed.