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Why you shouldn’t be afraid of paranoia when it comes to household IOT devices

Why you shouldn’t be afraid of paranoia when it comes to household IOT devices

Chief technology officer at a Canadian firm eSentire, Mark McArdle, believes that people must accept the potential loss of confidentiality, which is coming with smart house items.

According to research, users are interested in prices of smart refrigerators, lamps and coffee makers. At the same time, they are not really concerned with software security and protection from cyberattacks. This was reported to CTV News.

"When it comes to IoT devices, a moderate amount of paranoia is completely acceptable," Mark said. "There are a lot of vulnerabilities in smart devices software that need to be quickly dealt with so that the doors to your privacy remain closed for cybercriminals."

The fact is that in developing household IoT devices the attention is primarily paid to convenience, availability and ease of use. Personal data protection is at the bottom of the list.

"Information security in IoT for smart houses is often completely neglected," said the expert.

However, according to the IDC poll, users also don’t consider it necessary to think about their IoT devices’ information security. So, by 2021, it is expected that the number of household connected devices in Canada will increase by 60%, but 48% of the country’s residents do not care about the confidentiality of smart things. Only 17% of respondents are ready to refuse to purchase them because of possible personal data leakage.


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