The ‘Internet of Things’ will become ‘Internet of Vulnerabilities’ in 2014–Symantec

symAccording to the security software provider, Symantec, smart devices making up the Internet of Things are going to be just as susceptible to hackers and malware threats as PCs and mobile phones. At the same time, people are going to be more careful about keeping their information private.

In its blog, Symantec talks about its Information Security predictions for the year 2014. Most of the pointers mentioned focus on the need to increase security and regulations on the content shared on the net, and the same are discussed below.

People will actively try to keep their information private.

Off late there have been several issues of privacy invasions. Companies like Google and LinkedIn have allegedly been accessing user’s inboxes without their knowledge. In light of such cases, people have become careful in what they put online. Its not only the online companies, which are trying to secure user information, users themselves are more actively keeping their personal information private. And according to Symantec, teens are leading this revolution.

Cyber criminals will target every existing social network available

In a separate post, Tarun Kaura, director, Technology Sales, India and SAARC, Symantec, says that social media, cloud computing and mobility will continue to be disruptive and challenge businesses with an immense amount of information spread across various platforms including public clouds and mobile devices.

Such a vast amount of individual and corporate information is a goldmine for scammers and cyber criminals. No social networking site is completely safe unless the users are careful.

The “Internet of Things” becomes the “Internet of Vulnerabilities.”

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With smart televisions, smart locks and a number of smart devices entering the market almost every week, the sphere of IoT is growing. And now Symantec has stated that anything connected to the Internet is just as vulnerable as PCs and smartphones when it comes to hacking. The post mentions about the news of traffic in a major tunnel in Israel getting shut down, reportedly due to hackers accessing computer systems via a security camera system.

There are softwares for protection against viruses, hackers and malwares for computer systems and even smartphones. But as of now there is no secure system to protect these other smart equipments against such threats.

Mobile apps are going to be a platform for hoaxes and scams

People are increasingly becoming dependent on their cell phones. And with the spread of smartphones, the number of app downloads is also increasing. There is no proper regulation on the apps available in the market, and hence there are high risks of scamming through them. For instance, on the announcement of Blackberry messenger being launched on Android, innumerous fake bbm apps flooded the PlayStore, and users even downloaded them. Similarly it is very much for such apps to hack into private information stored in smartphones.

Iamwire Take-

All these pointers are currently just possibilities that could occur in the near future if the current Internet and technology trends continue. However, most of these probable security breaches could be averted if this forecast is taken as an eye opener. With the number of Internet users and IoT devices increasing rapidly, there is a need to increase and tighten security measures to protect the consumers against malwares, hackers and privacy invasions, besides themselves being careful with what they do online.

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