As technology becomes further intertwined in our daily lives, experts are warning that exposure to cybercrime is increasing.
Gadgets now have the ability to interact with each other – by gathering and transmitting valuable information as we go about our daily lives, whether that be fitness routines, sleep patterns, diet, or even the front door bell.
They are part of a network called the Internet of Things, which connects devices, vehicles, appliances, or anything equipped with a sensor, software and network connectivity.
So, for instance, your home air-conditioning system can now be controlled from your mobile phone. The way your car interacts with a toll collection system is another instance.
“We are using these devices daily in our lives,” said Eman Al Awadhi, security compliance quality assurance manager with du.
As an example, she said activity/fitness trackers – a gadget for those who want to monitor their workouts – have built-in GPS that can map a route, monitor your heart rate and record sleeping patterns.
“If it’s compromised, somebody could easily locate where you are. You can imagine what that means if you’re targeted,” she said. “You might not even be aware of it but there is a tremendous amount of information being stored there.”
Another device she said that can be compromised are “smart” door bells, which use a camera and wifi to connect a homeowner to the person knocking on the door of their home.
Courtesy: The National