We live in a world today where everything is connected. It’s come to the point that society seems to be dictated by how “in the now” you are. How current is your technology? Can your phone function as a computer? Can you surf the web while also getting on Facebook from your TV? Do you have the newest tablet from Apple? All of these questions seem a bit forward, but if you really think about it, it’s just how modern society works these days. You may think that because you have the newest technology, or because you have a powerful computer that can fit in the palm of your hand, that you don’t have to worry about the information on your mobile device. You may think you don’t even need to worry about the device you keep in your home.
The IoT Is A Hackers Delight
You may not know it, but almost all of the newest technology that you have (within the realm of the Internet of Things) is susceptible to hacker attacks. Yes, it’s true. If you’re unfamiliar with what the Internet of Things is, it’s essentially the ability for all of your devices to connected to the internet. Because of the fact that all of these devices have network connectivity, a large percentage of them are in danger of being hacked. Mind you that this isn’t without reason though. Many of the technologies don’t feel the need to have strong enough passwords to serve any real protection purposes, and because of this, many of the users are now susceptible to hacking and having their personal information stolen from a place once thought safe.
The Cloud Can Bring A Storm
If you really think about it, a cloud storage system is a great idea. Have all of your devices able to gain information shared within a large data storage space in the sky. Need to access a certain file on your tablet that you saved on your laptop? Not a problem with the cloud. Unfortunately, it can have some serious repercussions as well. Since many of the IoT devices have internet connectivity, anything that has that, plus access to a cloud of some sort can be a gold mine for a hacker. Because of the fact that all of these devices are being connected together, that means that should a hacker get access to your phone, it wouldn’t just be your phone he would have access to. It would be virtually all of your information on the phone as well as whatever you’ve saved on the cloud.
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Being Connected Could Also Tear Us Apart
We want to stay connected in today’s ever moving society, but we want to make sure we aren’t at risk while we do it. The simple fact is this; being connected is a big convenience, but at the same time is also a huge risk. Any type of information that is saved on a cloud or device can be hacked. A hacker can literally grab your password out of the air by simply intercepting the signal data and then everything that you have connected to each other is now his/hers to do as he/she wishes with.
By the year 2020, there is expected to be roughly 26 billion individual devices that embody the Internet of Things. That is a very large connected network of technology. All of that technology connected like that is literally like Pandora’s Box to a hacker, so going into the future, we may need to rethink the whole concept of “connected to everything at all times”.