Internet of Things: Too Close for Comfort or Just What We Need?

Objects with internet convertibility are rapidly becoming a part of our everyday life. However, there is a lot of debate surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Are they really that necessary or are they doing more harm than good?

Always Listening

Some people find it disturbing that their Alexa or Google Home device is always listening. Companies like Amazon and Google say that these devices are not recording everything that is being said and that the device is just listening for the “wake word” such as “Hey, Google” or “Alexa” followed by a command. If you are concerned about your home assistant device listening to every conversation, then you need to realize that your phone is capable of doing the same. Cellphones are also equipped with settings that activate with wake words such as “Hey, Siri” and “Hey, Google.” If your device is capable of connecting to the internet and has a mic built into it, this is a feature that could be enabled. Technology like this is making its way into daily life. The only way to avoid it is to have a designated “unplugged” room in your house.

Hackable

All technology comes with vulnerabilities. If a device can connect to the internet, it can be hacked. The safest devices being used today were created before the internet. If it can’t be reached by the internet, then it can’t be hacked via the internet. Everything from your smart watch, phone, TV, microwave, or even a pacemaker holds the potential to be hacked. Because of this, password security is a big deal. If you struggle with managing unique passwords, then you should reconsider replacing all devices and appliances in your life with IoT devices.

Helpful

Technology is designed to make life easier. Twenty years ago, not all households even had home computers that could connect to the internet. Now, almost every household contains multiple devices that put the world’s resources at your fingertips in just seconds. IoT devices are here to help even more. Vocal commands are changing the way we use devices. Now you don’t even need your fingertips! However, they are not limited to vocal commands. IoT devices can also provide assistance in many areas. You can set up devices to control lights, use security cameras to notify you via text message if there’s movement, start your laundry, and even open your garage door.

The possibilities that come with Internet of Things devices are endless and growing. Learn to adapt with these devices. They’re not going anywhere, and they’re designed to make living and getting things done easier and more efficient. It’s better to be educated and learn how this technology works instead of being afraid of it. Make the tech work for you!

What are some of your favorite IoT devices that you use every day? Let us know in the comments.

Leave a Reply