Is Your Smart Watch At Risk?
Is Your Smart Watch At Risk?
With all the new technology coming out, the smart watch is one of the faster growing industries. The “Smart Watch” can do so many new things that your smart phone couldn’t. From tracking your fitness needs, to running your home automation, the possibilities are limitless.
HP recently conducted an assessment on the security systems that are running in smart watches, and the assessment concluded that nearly all the smart watches that are available on the market are vulnerable to possible security breaches and security hacking.
HP’s research also uncovered that a lot of the sensors in a smart watch that track the wearer’s activity can also be used to monitor hand and finger gestures, which having that information in the wrong hands and wrong applications could lead a software hacker to uncover keystrokes to your sensitive information and sensitive websites such as online banking.
How Your Smart Watch Might Be At Risk:
- Authentication – Every smart watch that was tested by the HP Security Team had all demonstrated “insufficient user authentication and authorization,” and many of them lacked the ability to lock a user account after a reasonable amount of failed password entries. 30% of devices were open to account harvesting according to HP.
- Encryption – In the report provided by HP, the team found that every device they tested had device encryption, although 40% of the devices showed vulnerabilities to hacking the encryption and they had a “lack of transport encryption protocols.
- Privacy – According to HP, many of the smart watch user’s personal and professional security and privacy are all at risk. Smart watches collect data and information just like a normal smart phone does. With the above two risks no one can be confident that all of their data is secure.
How To Secure Your Smart Home and Smart Watch.
Believe it or not, smart watches are not main stream for consumers just yet, what many security, app developers and tech developers suggest is to have tech and app developers invest more time and money into improving the security of smart watches before they take over and control the mainstream market for consumers. Once the appeal of smart watches and the availability of smart watches increases, it will become a high profile target for many cyber criminals and software hackers.
Until the technology is where it should be for your data and personal information to be secured, there are plenty of steps that smart watch owners can all take to protect their data, identities, and sensitive information. For Titan Alarm customers who own an Apple Watch, this is extremely important if you arm and disarm your home and use your watch on your Titan Alarm Home Automation systems.
Keep Your Information and Smart Watch Safe.
Follow these steps to keep your smart watch and personal information secure:
- Password Protected – Make sure you use strong passwords to access your smart watch, smart phone, their applications and your security systems. Install an application that is solely for security to encrypt sensitive and personal date.
- Sharing is NOT Caring – Be careful of any links you share, click on, or download things from, primarily in the world of social media, this can help keep you safe from phishing and spam.
- Keep it Jailed – Don’t jailbreak your devices, jailbreaks are often the quickest way for hackers and cyber criminals to get into your devices and to your personal and sensitive date. There’s a reason Apple is against jailbreaking any of their devices, it’s for your own safety.
If you’re a smart watch owner and want to learn how to implement your new smart watch with a Titan Alarm Home Automation or Titan Alarm Home Security System contact us! Give us a call: 602-680-4567 or TEXT US: 623-523-4849
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.