Why You Should Be Wary of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that is used to refer to the various smart devices that are connected to one another through the internet. The IoT is not an intentional creation, rather it is the unintentional byproduct of the way the internet has grown over the years. And now, we are starting to realize that the IoT is something that we should be wary of because of the fact that it can potentially cause a large number of security issues.

The infographic below shows a projection of growth for emerging technology, we can see how rapidly users are adopting and preferring different (connected) smart gadgets in 2019.

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Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices installed base growth trend globally from 2015 to 2025 (in billions)

According to Statista, the installed base of IoT devices may grow to nearly 75 billion worldwide, by 2025. The basic problem here has to do with the fact that the Internet of Things creates so many different access points that hackers could potentially use to enter a system whereby viruses can infect entire networks of devices and steal untold amounts of data. After the widespread security breaches and data thefts of last year, people have started to learn about the various ways in which they could potentially be putting their data at risk and the IoT can be a veritable feast for any hacker that might want to maliciously act upon the various networks in your home.

The fact of the matter is that the Internet of Things is growing. There used to be a time when we had a limited number of devices in our homes that were connected in this manner but that is quickly changing. This is because of the fact that there are so many new products being released on a daily basis that are “Smart”. Smart TVs, Smart Watches, Smart Cameras, Smart speakers that are affordable and thus are quickly getting propagated in a manner that might not be all that sustainable in the near future because of the fact that there are so many security threats associated with this.

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