The fear of wearing technology that gets hacked.
Or, how I learned to love the Fitbit.
It began simply enough as a desire to understand how many steps I took in a day. It grew from there, not only how many steps I was taking but how many stairs I was climbing and then, yes it’s true, how many calories I was burning.
Wearable devices are useful sources of information. They do not, however have the security they would need to stand alone. You need to be vigilant if you are wearing wearable technology. But, you need to be vigilant regarding your personal technologic safety if you aren’t wearing wearable devices. So do, or don’t do, there is no try.
The thing is, you can’t live afraid. You should live concerned. Be aware of the impact of the devices and understand the risk involved. Yes, they are not as secure as larger more robust devices are. However, considering your cellular device, the risk there is you are reading an email as someone watches you, and then grabs your phone.
Risk profile: carrying a phone and not paying attention
Impact of risk? Lost phone.
Companies and government agencies are struggling right now with the concept of Bring your own device. Why? Simply put it is opening the doors of your city and allowing people to roll a large wooden horse into the center of your city (that worked out well in the Trojan wars right?).
Fear results in fast action. As a fan of John Boyd’s OODA loops I know that fear causes orientation to shift and in that shift the observation isn’t always right. Therefore, the resulting decision isn’t always right in fact it is often wrong. The goal of any use of OODA Loops is to create an environment where decisions are made consistently correctly.
First off let’s really figure out what the risk is. Yes, you have personal information and professional information on your cellular device. So exposing that to someone you don’t know is a bad thing. Disable auto log-in on any application that you don’t want information to be shared with people you don’t know. Your bank account? Require two-factor authentication and no auto-logon. Go beyond a 4-character pin for your phone. Consider the reality of convince versus security. Don’t listen to the naysayers who are crying that the devices are risky.
Understand the risk of information on your device that can be used to undermine you. If you are in a leadership position your average blood pressure reading is actually something you may not want anyone else to know about. Your blood sugar or for that matter the results of your last blood test, not something you want shared. So take precautions, make your information secure.
It is a balancing act. Be careful. Be smart but also, use the wearable devices and be healthier! Do not go into that good night without the wearable technology that helps you be safer, and is well managed safer on your device.