Wearable devices are used by many people on a daily basis and collect a lot of personal data from consumers. Siberasist General Manager Serap Günal, who draws attention to the issue of whether users' personal data is safe enough on such devices, offers 5 suggestions to protect personal data privacy when using wearable technological devices with hundreds of useful features.
Smart wristbands and watches are now an indispensable part of consumers' daily lives. However, all wearable devices collect and store data about people's daily activities and physical condition. Siberasist General Manager Serap Günal states that wearable technological devices, which have many useful features such as sports tracking, sleep tracking, heart rate measurement, and stress measurement, can also pose certain risks regarding personal data privacy, and gives 5 recommendations for consumers to keep their data safe.
Wearable Devices Record Our Every Move
Wearable technological devices are becoming more and more involved in our lives every day. These devices collect various data about consumers as they are used throughout the day. Certain data such as consumers' sleep patterns, heartbeats, location or notifications to their phones are interpreted, stored and shared publicly on social media by some users. At the same time, since almost all wearable technologies connect via Bluetooth, hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in paired devices and gain access to your data. Noting that it is very important to protect data while using these devices, Serap Günal also states that consumers should do research on the privacy settings of the devices they use and be conscious.
It is Possible to Protect Personal Data in 5 Steps
In order to ensure personal data security on wearable devices, Siberasist General Manager Serap Günal shares 5 simple steps that users should follow.
1. Check your privacy settings. Change your device's privacy settings to ensure personal data privacy while using your wearable device. Reconfigure the default settings on devices by choosing the privacy settings that suit you best. Also, check the settings of the social media networks where your information is shared and see if it is public.
3. Turn off location information and limit the information you share. Keep your location information off as much as possible to prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your important personal data, such as your home or work address. At the same time, keep your devices turned off when you are not using them to prevent the device from collecting more personal data.
4. Password protect your devices and enable software updates. If your wearable device has a security password or PIN setting feature, take advantage of this feature. In this way, you will prevent your data from falling into the hands of someone else in case of possible theft or loss. At the same time, update your wearable's software regularly to keep your personal data privacy at the highest level.
5. Delete your personal data on your unused devices. If you are no longer using your wearable device, be sure to delete all your personal data from your device. One way to delete all data collected on your device is to factory reset the device. But the situation may not be the same for every device. Contact the manufacturer about how you can permanently delete all personal data on your device.