Potential Security Issues of Wearable Devices
Here’re Some of the Security Issues of Wearable Devices to Watch Out For
A wearable device, also called Wearable Technology (WT), is a type of computing technology-based device that can be worn on our human body. For example, the wrist is quite an ideal location in the form of a smartwatch. It has become extremely popular in many application domains, including entertainment, healthcare, and security.
It provides new opportunities for continuous monitoring of human activity through the small sensors attached to it. Due to such popularity, nowadays it even becomes cheaper and more accessible than before, thus becomes quite common.
A few years earlier, it has even been surveyed that such wearable devices like Google Glass, Fitbit Devices, and Samsung smartwatches are prone to some attacks, which can lead to serious damages.
Here’s the Short Snippet of Security Issues Found in Wearable Devices
|Wearable Devices||Security Issues||Prone to Attacks|
|Google Glass||PIN system or authentication is not secured enough.||Offered gesture-based authentication can easily be recorded by nearby people.|
|Privacy-related issues. For example, unauthorized eye-movement tracking and videos can be recorded without consent.||Attacks like eavesdropping and spyware.|
|Relies upon QR codes for setting up Wi-Fi.||Malware to photo bomb QR codes.|
|Unsecure networks.||Attacks like man-in-the-middle attack like session hijacking or sniffing, Wi-Fi-hijacking.|
|Fitbit Devices||Authentication is not good enough.||Attacks like Denial of Service (DoS), battery drain hacks, or data injection.q|
|BTLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology leaks.||It can lead to an easy track.|
|Concerns with user’s privacy, a user’s location, or visited places can be tracked.||Phishing.|
|Samsung Smartwatch||Unsecured authentication.||Brute force attack.|
Some Other Security Risks of Wearable Devices
- One of the critical issues with wearable devices is that most of them fail to meet compliance and regulations such as HIPAA. Further, it even has certain loopholes mainly created by the communication channel that deploys these devices. Some basic security features, like PIN protection or security fingerprint, makes it quite easy for malicious cybercriminals to access the data.
- These wearable devices have limited user interface, making it quite hard for improving features of apps that make these wearable devices run.
- Lack of proper BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies in organizations: Many policies haven’t been updated correctly, which makes it quite difficult for the IT department to tackle problems related to wearable devices, which leads to difficulty in optimizing security and authentication aspects.
Solutions to Prevent Risks of Wearable Devices
Though there must be some solutions too. Let’s look at some of them:
Proper BYOD Policy
Proper Management of Wearable Devices
Applications to Control Lost of Devices
Things Manufacturers Must Do to Make Wearable Devices More Secured
- They should ensure that their security professionals are vigilant regarding the security of these wearable and mobile devices and also acknowledge the latest security threats about it.
- When it comes to security vendors, manufacturers must go with those who are specialized in the security of mobile as well as wearable devices.
- They should implement proper authentication protocols, which control biometric technology as well as ID & password combination security to protect from attacks such as breaches and phishing attacks.
- Manufacturers should also take responsibility for investing in fraud prevention solutions as well as digital authentication.
Here, in this post, we’ve looked for the same, for example, some of the security threats which you must be aware of as a user before using these wearable devices, especially when you make use of it within your organization. How manufacturers can make these wearable devices more secure and what’re some of the steps you can take to prevent those security issues.