As much as the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with many privileges, it still bears a number of risks. Technology enthusiast and entrepreneur, Jason Hope, discusses the good and the risks about IoT.
– The health sector will be improved. Being a technology expert whose main interest is in the field of medicine, Hope reveals how IoT will help improve the health of many. First, it will bring a drastic change in lifestyle, helping people lead a healthy one. For instance, he points out the case of one wearing a fitness tracker. With this, you will be able to make better choices when it comes to active living.
– With IoT, Jason Hope believes that businesses are set to improve. A good example is the case of smart freezers. Unlike traditional freezers, which adjust their temperature whenever one repeatedly opens and closes the door, a smart one has inbuilt mechanisms that enable it to hold the temperature at perfect setting. This will definitely increase productivity in areas such as grocery stores.
In manufacturing industries, smart machines are set to take over. These machines are able to communicate through connections. This way, without having to add an extra workforce, an industry can improve the quality of its final product.
What bugs Jason Hope (@jasonhope) are the security risks involved with the Internet of Things. He cites a case example of a smart jeep being hacked, living its owner with no control over the vehicle. This was demonstrated in a Jeep commercial. According to Jason Hope, this was just but a demonstration of the risks involved when everything is connected to IoT.
As much as a hacker taking control over your car sounds scary, think about how the hacker overriding your oven’s system will be scarier. This is not far from impossible as cases have been reported where, hackers have spied on children through their connected baby monitors.
The Jeep demonstration did point out the vulnerabilities of the Internet of things, although the risks are more personal. Such vulnerabilities must be addressed. The only solution is to ensure that, the security measures in place are good enough, before bringing IoT to our homes. Before you install a smart oven in your home that you can control remotely via a wireless connection, make sure that you have firewalls that are strong enough not to be bypassed. Security systems such as strong passwords, should also be implemented.
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