The thought of not needing to remember to turn off your appliances when you sleep in is very exciting. The Internet of Things offers a lot of potential in improving efficiency in our lives. By connecting mobile devices to our appliances, lights and just about everything, we don’t need to switch off or on the light when we leave or enter the room. We can run our clothes dryer when electricity charges are cheap. Our homes will do these for us.
However, all these efficiencies have a price to pay. This new innovation can be overwhelming, but it can also be confusing because you don’t know which will work well together. Compatibility may be the biggest challenge the IoT has to face. Not all products communicate with each other as no universal coding protocol or language is available. Due to this lack of universal language or protocol, companies are rallying to create one. Consumers will get frustrated if products will not work with each other. Thus, companies aim to create a new communication tool for all devices to use.
The Internet of Things might also raise some privacy issues. When the Internet of Things does not work right, it can compromise our privacy. It can make the smart-home hacking a realistic threat. As the IoT will make aspects of our lives stored and observed digitally, the data storage will contain loads of personal information that may reveal our whole identity. Thus, companies need to protect the information they collect.
What can you do to address these privacy issues?
To make sure your personal information is protected, examine privacy policies and security features of any new appliance or gadget. Also, look for software tools that will protect your data and privacy across the World Wide Web. You should also keep your devices updated with the latest software. More importantly, secure your PC with adequate antivirus and firewall protection.