Why the IoT Is a Good Thing for the Future of Our Privacy and Security
Of all U.S. citizens, 30% own 6 or more devices that are connected to the internet on a daily basis. These devices make up the Internet of Things (IoT) as we know them today. Considering that in the 1990s the only way to connect to the internet was through a computer with a dial-up connection, we’ve all experienced quite large improvements and evolutions of the Internet and the gadgets that connect to the internet these past 20+ years.
For many of us, the IoT gadgets in our lives are rather common. You can pull out a smartphone to know the time, watch videos, message friends, or run a business. Beyond this, life improvement gadgets also exist and go so far as calling your hair salon to make an appointment using the Google Home platform. These Artificial Intelligence (AI) devices are very helpful and have been known to make our life a lot easier, and in some cases – save lives.
Known as the “Internet of Things Revolution,” the IoT is expected to continue evolving the internet and our understanding of how to use interconnected assets to solve problems and improve humanity.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why the Internet of Things is a good thing for the future of our privacy and security.
IoT Controlled Homes
The Internet of Things is making significant steps in home automation and self-assistance services with new developments in smart energy systems, control technologies, and management of solar installers that remotely protect the systems of our homes to keep its inhabitants safe at all times.
You can install a Wi-Fi connected video doorbell with a speaker built into the doorbell. These smart doorbells are connected to your smartphone and you can answer the door via your smartphone, from anywhere. That also means that if you’re out for dinner and you leave your 14-year old kids alone at home and someone is at the door, you can answer the door remotely avoiding the anxiety of our children talking to random strangers.
Another example is customized home security like Piper. It’s a device fully equipped with a camera, audio detection, registration, alert siren, and motion detection. So, even though you’re away from home, the device is able to send you push messages, text, emails or even call you in any case of an emergency.
Biometric Fingerprint Door Lock
Biometric fingerprint door locks such as the “Adel 3398 Keyless Biometric Fingerprint Door Lock” are extremely helpful for various reasons.
First, you never need to bring a key anymore (applicable to anyone living at your place). Second, it tracks whether someone has tried to breach open the door (maybe someone other than you). And third, you can close the door using your smartphone since the biometric door lock is also connected to the internet and can be remotely controlled.
Unsure whether you’ve locked the back door? Double check using your phone!
Some cars already possess highly advanced IoT features that we might not consider IoT. For example, there are devices built to geo track the location of vehicles. For example, your 16-year-old asked to take the car with friends but you still want to know if they have left the city. Effortlessly you can either use applications on a phone or with the advancement of IoT application development software, build your own geolocation tracker and be updated if the car leaves a certain radius from the house or another location. With the advancement and growing usability of IoT devices and solutions, our security and peace of mind will continue to grow greatly.
Smart Wearables, Healthcare, and Privacy
An increasing number of people use smart objects such as fitness wearables (trackers) to gather and provide personal health data about the user’s habits and lifestyle. These internet-enabled wearables can track and monitor daily distance traveled, weight, burned calories, heart rate, blood pressure, etc. All being summed up into an easily digestible user interface that allows a user to improve their lives based on daily insights.
One major advantage from the expansion of IoT gadgets is the regular biometrics from millions of devices. By aggregating and linking this megadata, hypothesis and otherwise unknown trends that can be identified to better predict or prevent certain illnesses or diseases.
Let’s not be fooled as many critiques of smart wearables raise privacy concerns to have valid opinions. As the advancements of IoT continues, so too do the businesses providing security for these services. Companies are developing blockchain technology into IoT devices and platforms to provide sufficient protection to sensitive information.
The “Internet of Things Revolution,” is not slowing down anytime soon. And based on the number of projected connected devices coming out in the future, we need to be smart and attentive to how we can protect ourselves, our families, and our things from malicious intent. The IoT solves problems to make our lives easier. And, for this reason, the IoT is expected to continue evolving the internet and our understanding of how to use interconnected assets to provide the early warnings or total aversion from a troubled situation. The IoT has the ability to provide more personal safety than ever before, it only up to us to decide how we’ll use the new technologies that come.
This article was co-written with Bill from PixelPrivacy.com. Bill is all about making the world of online security accessible to everyone. He prides himself in writing content that is easy to read and informative to the novices of the IT community. Be sure to check out Bill’s blog to stay current on how to keep your private information just that: Private!