F-Secure is back from CES — where the tech world comes together in Las Vegas to preview some of the latest innovations – some which might change our lives in the coming years, others never to be seen or heard again.
We made a stir of our own with Freedome. Our David Perry reminded the industry professionals that the mobile devices nearly all of them were carrying can do more than connect us.
“I want you to stop and think about this,” he told RCR Wireless News as he held his smartphone up on the event floor. “This has two cameras on it. It has two microphones. It has GPS. It has my email. It has near-field detectors that can tell not only where I am but who I’m sitting close to. This is a tremendous amount of data. Every place I browse on the internet. What apps I’m running. What credit cards I have. And this phone doesn’t take any steps to hide my privacy.”
In this post-Snowden world, where professionals are suddenly aware of how much their “meta-data” can reveal about them.
Privacy also played a big role in the discussion of one the hottest topics of 2015 — the Internet of Things (IoT).
The world where nearly everything that can be plugged in — from washing machines to light bulbs to toasters — will be connected to the internet is coming faster than most predicted. Samsung promised every device they make will connect to the net by the end of the decade.
If you think your smartphone holds a lot of private data, how about your smarthome?
“If people are worried about Facebook and Google storing your data today, wait until you see what is coming with #IoT in next 2-5 years,” our Ed Montgomery tweeted during the event’s keynote speeches, which included a talk from US Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez that tackled privacy issues on the IoT.
Newly detected attacks on home routers suggest that the data being collected in our connected appliances could end up as vulnerable to snoops and hackers as our PCs.
Some fear that these privacy risks may prevent people from adopting technologies that could eventually save us time, effort and energy.
At F-Secure we recognize the promise that IoT and smart homes hold and we’re excited about the coming years. But we also understand the potential threats, risks, and dangers. We feel that our job is to enable our customers to fully enjoy the benefits of IoT and that is why we’re working on new innovations that will help customers to adopt IoT and smart home solutions in a safe and controlled way. It will be an exciting journey and we invite you to learn more about our future IoT solutions in the coming months.
We at F-Secure’s IoT team would like to hear from you! Are you ready to jump on the IoT? What would your dream connected home look like? Or have you perhaps already set up your smart home? What are you worried about? How could your smart home turn into a nightmare?
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