Buying a smartwatch? Beware of cyber abusers

While smartwatches can be excellent tools for your fitness, entertainment and connectivity needs, leveraging the internet to perform diverse activities, the cons can be equally frightening.

A recent study by HP's security testing group Fortify has revealed that almost all smartwatches 'contain significant vulnerabilities, including insufficient authentication, lack of encryption and privacy concerns' that could make them prime targets for hackers and cyber abusers.

A greater threat looms ahead with the advent of Internet of Things. This new phenomenon will bring in hundreds of connected devices that you can easily monitor and regulate using your smartphone or smartwatch. If hacked, your smartwatch can be used to turn on your car, open your locked home or even turn off your security sensors and cameras at home when you are away.

"As the adoption of smartwatches accelerates, the platform will become vastly more attractive to those who would abuse that access, making it critical that we take precautions when transmitting personal data or connecting smartwatches into corporate networks," so said HP general manager Jason Schmitt.

Since data inside smartwatches are hardly encrypted, once hackers can find a way through weak authentication procedures, they are sure to have a field day.


Photo courtesy Hewlett-Packard HP Internet of Things Security Study: Smartwatches, July 2015 (Hewlett-Packard)

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