Smart watches gather a great deal of data about you. It could be the amount of steps you took and where you travelled in a day, or financial information if your device is capable of making payments.
FREMONT, CA: Smart watches and fitness trackers have become fashionable. That's because people are realizing how useful it is to have the internet's power at their fingertips. Wearable technology can be used to operate Internet of Things (IoT) equipment like smart thermostats, televisions, and more. They can also keep track of your exercise and wellness activities.
Wearable technology has progressed much since 2015, yet here are three security concerns with smart watches:
Data may be sent to many third parties
Privacy policies are included with smart watches. You can find out how much or how little information is shared by reading the policy.
It's best not to offer too many permissions to smartwatch apps. Some apps, for example, may request access to your account information as well as your current location. If cybercriminals have infected your smartwatch with spyware, this would be important information to them.
Control smart-home tech
Smart watches have the ability to operate smart-home equipment in some cases. You could be able to unlock your front door with your smartwatch, for example. What happens, however, if your device is lost or stolen?
Manufacturers of smartwatches provide security options that might help safeguard you in the event of theft. A security option, for instance, might prevent your smartwatch from being associated with any device that you haven't authorized. It's a good idea to double-check that such protection is active in your security settings.
Collects a lot of personal data
Smart watches gather a great deal of data about you. It could be the amount of steps you took and where you travelled in a day, or financial information if your device is capable of making payments. Depending on the apps you've installed and the personal information you've provided, the list grows.
Some of the answers can be found by reviewing the privacy policies for your smart devices and apps. Keep in mind, though, that your data is stored in the cloud – on a remote server — and there's little you can do to prevent a data breach.