Are privacy issues affecting the boom of wearable technology?

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Are privacy issues affecting the boom of wearable technology?

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Right now, wearable technology has more negatives than positives. In fact, there are so many downsides that they’re preventing wearable tech from becoming popular not only to people that want to keep track of their fitness regimes but to the general public as well.

Out of all the cons of wearable tech, however, it seems that the biggest of them all is privacy issues. With that being the main concern, tech companies need to address the issue properly in order for people to feel safe wearing the tech.

In a previous article posted by us entitled ‘Wearable Tech of the Future – Friend or Foe?’ it was discussed that almost 42% of the 4,000 surveyed adults think that wearable tech are a threat to their privacy. Despite the efforts that tech companies have made in the past few years, many people still think that wearable tech is “a threat to [their] safety.” The research was backed up by ITProPortal, when it did a survey of its own and found out that almost half of their respondents thought that wearable tech posed a risk to their privacy.

But what makes wearable tech so different from smartphones? Wearable tech, after all, is just an extension of smartphones and pretty much operate in the same way. However, consumers don’t seem to have the same security issues with mobile as they do wearable tech. Gaming Realms, a host to a number of games used for online consumption, discussed several reasons why people shifted from using PC to smartphones, and no mention of security threats was ever made. They outlined that the convenience and practical nature of smartphones was a driving factor as to why mobile is now the prefer method of accessing and consuming content online. So why are people more afraid of using wearable tech than mobiles?

Perhaps the reason for this is because of the way people are using wearable tech right now. Currently, wearable’s most useful feature is its ability to tracking certain variables, which leads to the possibility of hackers using this information to effectively track down an individual’s location and current activity. Smartphones can do this but it isn’t their main function, meaning people think that they can avoid using a smartphone’s tracking features and still feel safe against external hacker attacks though this often may not be true.

If tech companies want wearables to prosper, they need to reach out to their customers better, get rid of the jargon, and talk about facts that the general public can understand. This way, people will be able to understand the issues surrounding wearable tech and how they merely function as an extension of smartphones – which actually contain more data that hackers can use against a user.

Wearable tech has much potential. If privacy concerns can be mitigated, even by just a little, this technology can effectively sell itself as a neat way of using smartphones from a distance.

 

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