Futurist Jason Hope Warns About Security Threats to IoT Devices

We now live in the age of information and connectivity. Because of the internet and many new innovations that take advantage of it, our world is getting smaller and smaller, also in a good way. Nowadays, because of connectivity, it’s much easier to research, meet another person from the other side of the world, gather information about a country before you go, etc. Nowadays, connectivity do not just let people connect to other people, it also allows you to connect to your devices at home, almost every one of them.

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to have smart TVs, smart lights, smart air conditioning. But more and more smart IoT devices are being developed. Just like smart bike locks, smart coffee makers, smart door locks, you name it. And all these devices sound good at first glance, but they are not just good; they are amazing for the development of society.

That is not to say that they do not come with risks. Do you remember the first time you had to connect your smart TV to Youtube or Netflix? You had to type in your account details of course to be able to log in. And typing your email and password in your computer isn’t risky if you have a really good anti-virus or anti-malware. The problem is your smart TV probably do not even have an anti-malware, but it is connected to the internet and it now contains your log-in details, and that really attracts hackers.

This is the type of threat that Jason Hope warns us about. Most IoT devices come with a software that is never updated from the time you purchased it, thus, it doesn’t keep up to date with the latest security threats like the latest malwares.

Jason Hope believes that as a consumer who buys a car, the car company has to make us sure that the car we are buying is safe. Tech companies also have the responsibility of making tech consumers feel safe, and thus Jason Hope encourages developers of IoT devices to allow their products to have automatic updates. Apart from that, he suggests that they should have a high quality anti-malware or anti-virus applications so that the device could ward off hack attempts in order to steal your private information. For more info about us: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SENS_Research_Foundation click here.

Jason Hope is a tech investor, philanthropist, and a futurist. He made a career with predicting technological advancements and how it affects the economy. Jason was born in Arizona where he got his MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.