Consumers Embrace IoT but Harbor Security Worries
Almost half of the respondents of a Vormetric poll are using internet-connected devices, with millennials outpacing boomers in use 56 percent to 46 percent.Although still considered an emerging area, internet of things is steadily becoming more popular as a technology, according to a Vormetric survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers. Almost half of the respondents polled are using internet-connected devices, with millennials (56 percent) outnumbering boomers (46 percent). The most popular devices already in use are autos (24 percent), wearable fitness trackers (18 percent), home security cameras or similar devices (9 percent), thermostats (8 percent), lightbulbs (7 percent) and smartwatches (7 percent). The survey revealed participants most fear the hacking of their cars (61 percent) and home security cameras (also 61 percent), while 52 percent said they thought a virtual personal assistant such as Amazon Echo would be vulnerable to hacking and 45 percent were concerned about the potential to hack smartwatches.
"What would go a long way toward helping consumers to feel confidence about these devices and the personal data they create is strong, simply worded information about how they protect their devices and the data that they produce," Sol Cates, vice president of technical strategy at Vormetric, told eWEEK. "Ideally, this would be showcased in a prominent location on the physical device or accompanying materials, and on related web properties."