Do martwatches have security concerns? What can you do about it?

Smartwatches and activity trackers have come into fashion in people’s lives. Smartwatches can be allowed to have access to smart household appliances, bank accounts, valuable documents, etc. According to a study by Markets and Markets, the global market for wearable devices is expected to top $51.6 billion by 2022. That means a lot of people are taking smart devices as the latest accessory in their internet wardrobes.

Smartwatches collect a lot of personal data

The smartwatch on your wrist could record the number of steps you took in a day and where you went, or financial information if your device is enabled to make payments. The data that a smartwatch collects depends on the apps you’ve installed and the personal information you’ve provided.

However, smartwatches still have security concerns. Who gets to see all or part of that data? How securely is it stored? Although you scrutinize the privacy policies for your smartwatches and the apps you download, your information is stored in the cloud — on a remote server — and there’s not much you can do to prevent a potential data breach.

What can you do to protect your data from breaching?

Limit your permissions to smartwatches’ apps

For smartwatch apps, it’s a good idea for smartwatch apps not to give a lot of permissions. For instance, some apps may want to access account information and your geographical location. This would be valuable information for cybercriminals if they’ve managed to infect your smartwatch with spyware.

Enable smartwatch security settings

Smartwatch manufacturers offer security settings that can help protect you in the case of theft. For instance, a security setting may prevent your smartwatch from being paired with any device you haven’t approved. It’s smart to make sure you’ve enabled such protection in your security settings.

The convenience of smartwatches — for companies and you — is likely to drive demand. But it’s a good idea to understand the risks and take steps to help protect your information.

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