Know the Security Flaws in Smartwatches

Smartwatches promise to usher in a new era of wearable technology that integrates into the day-to-day lives of people around the world. Similar to the rise of the smartphone, smartwatch manufacturers and software developers plan to make the devices an indispensable part of your routine.

The smartwatch isn’t really a watch at all – it’s a tiny computer. Just like a laptop or desktop computer, smartwatches use software to perform functions. As a result, smartwatches represent a new vector for hackers to mount an attack on your personal data.

Apple Watch

Apple is known for the security of their hardware and software data systems. In particular, the company’s app store is considered to be secure, due to strict vetting that they perform when determining whether or not an app should be listed for distribution. This creates a “walled garden” software ecosystem in which Apple controls the content of software they offer users.

Nonetheless, the Apple Watch has been found to have at least one security vulnerability that results in the Apple Pay service being targeted by thieves. The exploit involves a feature of the watch that was supposed to increase convenience, but instead ended up allowing hackers to use Apple Pay via the Apple Watch without a pin.

Another security flaw revealed in the app store suggests that the “walled garden” doesn’t keep out all intruders. Researchers warned Apple about a flaw – one that hasn’t been fixed since October 2014 – involving password and keychain password theft.

Android Smartwatches

Google has set up their app store in a bit more of a laissez-faire manner, allowing developers to offer their apps with less of a vetting process than Apple. This trend has changed somewhat, with Google increasing security efforts as of late. Nonetheless, you should never download apps that you aren’t familiar with, especially apps offered outside of Google Play.

Unfortunately, when it comes to Android smartphones, their use of bluetooth wireless has been shown to be susceptible to hacking through brute force measures. This allows people to read plaintext conversations within the smartphone-smartwatch pairing. Other hacks include authentication hacks and interception of passwords.

Smartwatches have progressed tremendously since the introduction of digital timepieces in 1972. Modern smartwatches possess an unprecedented array of functionality, creating a prime target for hackers and criminals who wish to prosper from the shaky security of the first few generations of this technology.

As developers and manufacturers evolve this form of wearable technology, security will improve. However, in the end, staying informed of all security developments in terms of smartwatches and other forms of technology ensures that your business doesn’t fall victim to hacker attack.

How Secure is Your Data?

Today, it’s extremely important for companies to ensure that their data is secure. Considering that most people lack the knowledge and time to properly ensure the safety of a company’s data, it’s wise to leave this task to professionals.

At Dynamix Solutions, we help companies small and large protect their digital information from getting into the wrong hands.  We can handle all of the technical set up and back up that you need to confidently keep your business safe, while you can focus on the business itself.  Learn more about how our managed IT services can support your company, or contact us to request a free quote, and start feeling more secure.

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