Tech Gadgets That Can Put You At Risk

privacy techWhen referring to the missing Malaysia Airline, it’s safe to say no theory is safe. One of them, according to The Phoenix, is a remote breach of security to its flight path.

Geeks, I’d be a little pissed off myself if our transit industry was vulnerable. Just think of what that means for your everyday gadgets.

Smart TVs and wearable technology be damned if there aren’t ways to steer clear of the risks they pose to the security of your personals. It’s time to freshen up on the tech you may be on the market for. Find out what’s risky, and what’s more reliable.

Shared Clouds and Public Storage

Cloud storage is today’s poster child of the security risk scene, but don’t be so na?ve to swear it off completely. Depending on how you use it, it may be just fine. InfoWorld’s number-one riskiest practice is the shared cloud. Registering an account to unify the desktops and devices of multiple users can amplify the chances of an issue, because multi-tenancy increases the number of access points hackers can take a shot at. Safety rating: we’ll give it a B.

A practical system for businesses, shared clouds are often too necessary to compromise on. And since transactions are now done via mobile or otherwise over-the-air, LifeLock and similar third-party services that protect against fraud are now more relevant than ever. You can receive identity theft alerts for numerous personal items, as well as deeper bank and credit alerts through the new LifeLock Ultimate.

Smart TVs and Web Streaming

Smart TVs—those with native Internet capabilities—have the ironic reputation of being not so smart. Analysts reported by Mashable found gaps in Samsung models making it as much of a target as your computer. In effect, your TV is watching you. How? They tout apps like Facebook that are written in very “hacker-friendly” scripts, and through Skype, they can even turn on your camera. Netflix is even more popular, so it’s a big target. Safety rating: B-.

Those who prefer big-screen web-surfing, however, aren’t doomed to a basic television. Through HDMI cables, laptops can project directly onto the monitor. On streaming hubs like Roku, you get the same effect with an account separate from the TV itself. The question to you: Is the convenience of “smart” integration worth the security risk?

Wearable Technology

Say what you will about the nerdy wearables on shelves today, but their security concerns are few and far between. Pieces like Google Glass have its value to corporations looking to improve productivity, and thus to hackers who want to score big on big-business data.

But, as The Guardian stresses, that’s not exclusive to wearable tech. In fact, Google Glass affords you the ability to “visualize” your security. IEEE Spectrum suggests it’ll even partner with ATM developers and turn PIN codes into “Ubic” passwords only its wearers can see while looking through it. Safety rating: Aces, kid.

There will always be risks. The difference between a worthy purchase, and one that deserves some maturing, is in its alternatives and how you use it. And whether your password is “qwerty” or an ex-girlfriend. Happy shopping.

WriterThe Author:

Sergey Gor is an internet marketing consultant of He likes to write about computers and tech security.


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