The wearable technology created quite a lot of speculations in the tech world and especially among the top mobile app development companies. It blew in with a promise to be the smart future for the smartphones. A category worn by consumers often as a fashion accessory, at times, performs the role of a fitness tracker with few having small motion sensors embedded to take snaps, working in sync with the mobile device. Supposedly, a revolutionary gadget discovered by the mobile technology has become the center of endless controversies ever since reports came out against wearables and associated fitness tracker apps right from Pentagon.
- Report from Washington- Reuters highlighted US defense secretary, Jim Mattis concern over security breach through fitness wearables and associated applications. He ordered for a review of security protocols as soon as fitness tracking devices displayed to the world the patterns of movement at military facilities including the war zones globally.
- Likewise, the month of November 2018 witnessed yet another example of the security breach for Strava application. San Francisco-based Strava gave an update on the global heat map displaying around 1 billion user activities including running and cycling routes undertook by athletes wearing fitness trackers. Few among them worked for the military and intelligence agencies.
The digital footprints left behind by the individual carrying such a wearable on their wrist pose a greater challenge for the governments as well as individuals since online connectivity exposes military secrets and hamper personal space.
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Irrespective of the fact that mobile application development companies involved with the design of wearables cared to render smart assistance especially in the medical and corporate field, the very technology is proving otherwise.
Citing the example of Apple watch and other wearables designed by the tech giant, drew mass attention and objection especially for the enterprise wearables in the workplace.
- Employees display a general aversion to wearing device throughout the day.
- Wearables need to be aligned with a broader device or platform.
- None is willing to wear another wearable beside their personal wristwatch (There are still quite a lot of us who own different brands of wristwatches).
- The BYOD corporate policy can offer access to official credentials to criminals leading to the loss of sensitive enterprise data.
Besides the mentioned issues, the wearable developers have other areas of concern to deal with.
- The most popular uses of a wearable device are to monitor the health of patients and store information collected in the device's cloud software. Poorly managed data raises the potential risk of information loss usually sold to unscrupulous parties for improper usage.
- Loss of crucial healthcare data can place anyone at risk of witnessing the steep increase in the health insurance and or policy cancellation.
- Then there is the wearable camera market, which is yet another field of wearable technology getting massive attention among customers. However, data such as recordings of ignorant bystanders, the key witness to crimes or victims of accidents and wrongdoings, collected from the wearables can pose a threat if lands up with the wrong person. Threaten or blackmail of such people caught on camera is highly possible if the snaps taken are not protected with care.
An inference is drawn from the mentioned examples
- Adoption of proper security policies in the initial stage of implementation can arrest the breach of security. Carefully analyzed safety measures can be briefed here:
- Employees and other users wearing smart watches and or fitness bands must resort to maximum-security level when synchronizing the watch with their smartphone.
- Transfer of confidential information from wearables to other data sources in the encrypted format is essential.
- The latest and the updated malware detection program must be hired which are capable of fishing out threats regardless of their origin.
- Corporate must limit the use of personal devices such as smartphones and wearables when attending meetings in order to prevent the loss of sensitive data exchanged during such events.
- Restricting the use of wearables and smartphones in laboratories where product prototypes are on display to prevent them from falling into the hands of the competitors as well criminals.
Best mobile application development companies, as well as wearable developers, must shoulder the responsibility on their end to the device such smartphone, wearables and their supportive applications with proper security measures embedded prior to prevent any unnecessary damage to human property and personal as well as national security.