The big things at CES? Drones, privacy and The Internet of Things

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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.

Inside the over 200,000 square meter exhibit space, Drones flew, and made a fashion statementhearing aids got smartphone appsand 3-D printers printed chocolate.

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?

[Image by One Tech News | via Flickr]

7 Comments

It’s gone too far and is a threat towards basic humanity. Our race does not have the maturity enough to carry such responsibility. Why I say like this? Because with it also the misuse of the possibilities rise. Every human who is under serious threat on their life should have the option to fully opt-out and have the chance to buy non-internet integrated equipment and devices. When hardcore criminals and other madmen go after someone they go through wherever they can to terrorize. In short: protect those who need protection by taking in to consideration this kind of things when developing new. It should be basic consideration towards each other.

Am just a technical layman and have taken this role in the internet to be supportive of honest globalism and respect towards diverse aspects by being highly critical towards certain development.

But it is interesting nevertheless.
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NOT a connected home. Do you want to tell the N $ A what time you leave, return, how much electricity you use, the things you get delivered and from whom, The # of accupants and what everyone brings in, parks in, throws out.

NOOnonon, your cave is the ultimate sacred space.

Like most folks, I am interested in this so-called IoT as it would definitely bring convenience and benefit to its end-users, but at the same time, I am cautiously optimistic about it especially because it is just on its early stages and just like any other tech innovation, initial tech steps are full of missteps and loopholes. Think of vicious hackers getting into your IoT-based smart home? That would be a huge worry as it might jeopardize your personal and family safety. Here’s where my preferred IT security F-Secure comes in then. Here’s hoping F-Secure would develop and provide would-be smart home users security package and features that would leave their worries about IoT thrown out of the window.

I’m most worried about the Internet of Things becoming an array of outdated firmwares riddled with vulnerabilities. It needs to be easy and fluid to keep the software up to date and secure. I’m really interested in the release of Snappy Ubuntu Core aimed at solving this exact issue.

In this day and age, things that are “for your convenience” such as a smart home, self-driving cars, etc., are generally not in your best interest. Privacy is an illusion anyway. A perfect example are the permissions we have to allow almost any app before we can download it. (Why does a simple flashlight app need permission to use my microphone?). I wouldn’t want a so-called smart home. Even though nothing is really private anyway, I’d still like to pretend!

I’m just really excited about IoT. Security will be even more important later, but I guess companies come up with good solutions. I’m not really worried, at all.

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