Friday, January 17, 2014

The Internet of Things

 Today I learned a few new new phrases and they are an indication of where the world is headed as well as how the future of technology will eventually impact our daily lives.

'The Internet of Things' (or IoT for short) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure.

'Digital watermarking'. A digital watermark is a kind of marker covertly embedded in a noise-tolerant signal such as audio or image data. It is typically used to identify ownership of the copyright of such signal.

'The Internet of Things' has the potential to embed 'personally identifiable information' (PII) technology not just into our computers and internet connected devices but into literally everything we use or wear. Many household items already have technology that allows us remote control from anywhere in the world. Things like refrigerators, thermostats, washers and dryers, garage door openers and so on. 'Radio-frequency identification' (RFID) tags is technology most of us are aware of. We can even put RFID tags on or in our pets so they can easily be identified and returned home when or if they get lost.

Imagine this new technology being in everything from our shirt to our shoes and I think we can see just where the world is headed. Some people may be okay with it and I'm sure companies are already working on how to market such clothing. They can say it's to help understand their customers habits so they can produce better products down the road and that may be true but what about the bad guys? Reality check, please. 100,000 smart devices, including a refrigerator, used in Internet of Things (IoT) cyberattack

I love technology but when I see reports like that it brings home just how wrong things can go if we aren't careful. We are slowly trusting companies to play a bigger part in our lives but we also need to keep security in the front. Technology makes everyones live easier, bad guys included.

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