How safe is your fitness tracker?

fitness-trackersIT security company Centrify has released a survey warning that wearables pose a growing concern for IT security. They polled more than 100 randomly-chosen attendees at last month’s RSA security conference in San Francisco.

The survey found that while more than two-thirds of wearable owners use no login protection and more than half use their devices to access business data. Theft was ranked as the top security concern by 42% of respondents.

The survey found

  • 69% of wearable device owners say they forego login credentials, such as PINs, passwords, fingerprint scanners and voice recognition, to access their devices
  • 56% of wearable owners use their devices to access business apps
  • 42% of wearable owners cite identity theft as their top security concern when it comes to their devices.

Personally, I don’t really give a lot of thought to what might happen if my wearable is lost or stolen. I can disconnect the device from my account easily through its mobile app. It doesn;t log into any other services although it does have my most recent activity on it.

It only receives phone, text and calendar alerts so there’s no calendar or other information on it that I’d consider useful to a thief or hacker.

I suspect many of the users Centrify spoke with were Apple Watch users. I was at that particular conference for work and the Apple Watch seemed to be the most popular wearable around based on my observations.

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