Mobile fitness trackers may be one step away from hacks
Authored by a Symantec employee
Wearable health tracking devices and apps unfortunately feature multiple vulnerabilities hackers can exploit to gain access to your personal information.
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It used to be that your health was information shared between you and your doctor only, but mobile technology is changing that. The boom of fitness and health tracking devices, such as wristbands, heart monitors, and other “wearables” and their accompanying apps, allows many of us to keep better track of our health and physical fitness goals, and even share them with peers. However, the fact that these devices are tracking very personal health data and transmitting information via Bluetooth LE or wireless Internet leaves the information they hold vulnerable to cyber criminal activity.
The Market For Discreet Data
Why would someone else want your personal health information? While attacks on these devices are not yet widespread, our experts believe that hackers could sell personal fitness data to companies, or use it as a blackmail tactic to extort users. Additionally, non-Internet connected fitness devices are traceable and can reveal the whereabouts of the user at any given time.
Tips To Keep Your Identity Safe With Mobile Apps and Wearables
So, how do you keep your tracked data safe from these kinds of vulnerabilities? Check out the following tips to help keep your information private and secure:
1. In order to thwart location stalkers when you’re using a wearable device, make sure that you do not include any personally identifiable information, such as your own name. Think of an alias that motivates you. “HalfTigerHalfUnicorn” is a lot more fun than “Sue Smith” anyway, right?
3. While using a mobile phone or tablet, be sure to download Norton Mobile Security to secure your device against mobile threats, and detect apps that share your data with third parties.
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