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Wearable technology: a Cybersecurity Risk on your Wrist?

Computing devices have evolved remarkably in this century. They have moved from our desktop to our laps, then to our pockets and now onto our bodies. Research and market intelligence company, IDC estimates that the wearable devices market will reach a total of 19.2 million units in 2014, driven primarily by gadgets, such as Fitbit devices and Jawbone’s UP bracelet.

If industry predictions run true, 2014 will be the year that wearable technology really takes off. Earlier this month Google kicked off its first big come-one-come-all Google Glass sale, opening up the future-forward devices to people beyond the few thousand initially chosen to be beta explorers. In just a few hours Google claimed that all the Glass sold out. And if the media rumblings are true, we should soon see Apple entering the wearable tech scene with its iWatch product that has been hotly anticipated for some time.

But as we connect ourselves more and more to the Internet it’s important to be mindful of the risks and implications of these new devices. Fitness bands that monitor and capture information about our movement using GPS can provide a malicious user with details about our daily routines and patterns as well as our current location.

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