Monday, February 6, 2017

(The Big Disrupt) IoT: Schizophrenia

How do you ever get anything done?

How do we, as a society, ever get anything done?

Every ten seconds some kind of notification is demanding our attention. Emails from friends and colleagues, social media blips, timers, news updates, the list goes on forever. We are subjected to a constant barrage of digital noise.

And not just in one place.

We have phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and connected vehicles, just to name a few. There is never a moment when we are more than ten feet from a device that is connected to the internet. Not only is this a huge tax on our attention and the main culprit of what many call ‘shiny object syndrome’, it is also a huge risk to our personal data.

All day as we Tweet, post, reply, and consume, our data is passing through the airwaves on some kind of connection. Some of those connections are more secure than others, depending on the awareness and technical aptitude of the proprietor of a given wireless hotspot. However, by and large, the measures that are in place to secure our personal musings and private data are woefully inadequate.

The number of connected and mobile devices we use keeps increasing while the measures that protect us lag behind.

The next time you pick up a shiny new internet enabled gadget it is well worth asking how it may affect your privacy.

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