Leadership Framework for Building Elite Teams
Four Reasons Why You Need a Third-Party Security Assessment
Information Security Against Cyber Attacks
The Technology Project Life Cycle: Lessons Learned
Application Security Fundamentals and Coaching Basketball
Lee Bailey,Director, Information Security & Compliance, Tupperware Brands
Application Security and its Many Challenges
Kirk Havens, Chief Security Information Officer, GoHealth
Turning AppSec on its head
Derek Fisher, Vice President of Application Security, Envestnet
Implementing a Cybersecurity Program - The Journey of True...
Maurice Edwards, Senior Vice-President Enterprise Risk, Mattress Firm
Thank you for Subscribing to CIO Applications Weekly Brief
Three Security Concerns with Smart Watches
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.
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.
See Also: Top Legal Tech Solution Companies