Ever since the start of the global pandemic, society has relied on technology to continue their living their life as close to normal as possible.
IoT devices are being used more than ever and will be the ammunition for fighting the pandemic whilst sustaining norms of social distancing.
What is IoT?
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a giant network with connected devices that gather and share data about how they are used and the environment in which they operate. This is all accomplished through internet connectivity using sensors, which are embedded in every physical device! Almost every single home has IoT devices such as smart phones, voice controllers (Google Home, Amazon Echo etc.), security cameras, sensor lights, door bell cams, baby monitors, gaming simulations, GPS tracking, smart smoke alarms… the list goes on!
IoT devices have also become an important business tool, with many people using their smart speakers as a way of organising their working day – you’ve probably already heard people asking “Alexa, what time’s my meeting?” in your workplace.
IoT is one of the few technologies whose impact will pervade through all industries. Endless benefits come from IoT due to the technologically advanced objects that have the ability to transmit information, and potentially even sense, monitor and react to human behaviour.
Whilst using IoT improves efficiency and productivity in the workplace and at home, it also comes with risks. IoT devices include cameras and microphones that could potentially be hacked and controlled by cybercriminals from any location. This would mean they would not only be able to see and hear into your home and office, but also change the functions of your devices and access your information. Unauthorised access can cause damage to the device and its surroundings.
What can you do to stay protected?
- Change default passwords that IoT devices may have
- Regularly check for and install security updates
- Do your research before purchasing new IoT devices to ensure they are from reputable manufacturers
IoT influences our lifestyle from the way we react to the way we behave and our technology is advancing rapidly – will our world eventually become fully automated?