Now that we exceed 2019, it is high time we realized that by combining the digital and physical world, IoT will change the way we live and work.
I have always been interested in the crossover between business and technology, and today it seems that the brave new technological world that we have been dreaming of for centuries has arrived. With everything from household appliances to smart vehicles, portable devices are connected to the internet and exchange crucial data. According to statistics, 26.66 billion IoT devices are connected worldwide. That statistically leaves every citizen of the world with at least 3 devices.
IoT in daily life
I have to say that the figures are quite astonishing! And this leaves a lot of room for improvement by integrating the Internet of Things in software development; whether it is a mobile app or internet.
According to statistics, 26.66 billion IoT devices are connected worldwide. That statistically leaves every citizen of the world with at least 3 devicesYou may be interested to know that the internet of things can touch every domain and almost every aspect of human life. According to sources, impact on IoT leads to:
- It is expected that by 2020 50 billion devices will connect to the internet
- In 2015, 3.5 connected devices per person have now reached nearly 7
- 8 billion mobile broadband access points by 2019
- 5 million IoT jobs by 202070 percent per year growth up to 2018 in total sales of computer technology clothing and accessories, rising from $ 3 billion today to $ 42.5 billion
- $ 3.3 trillion market for "Smart City" applications and services by 2025
The impact of smart houses
Instead of saying it's home where our heart is; a house is where there is a bone. However, IoT did not arrive at home entirely. I mean, we are still obliged to order groceries as soon as we run out of eggs and Greek yogurt. Slowly and steadily we get there; it seems that the latest developments in artificial intelligence and big data analysis will certainly do wonders for us.
Smart houses are no longer a dream project; we can soon expect that everything will be controlled by the & # 39; brain & # 39; or a central platform. In addition, bots will be seen that address a particular set of functions related to more difficult tasks, and finally niche bots, responsible for individual tasks such as vacuuming the house or tackling more complex tasks such as accounting, coaching or housekeeping. Technical giants, or should I call them current leaders in the development, such as Amazon, Google, Samsung and Apple, are supposed to crack something nervous.
The benefits of IoT
Other than this, you will be able to work smarter and not harder with IoT. Artificial intelligence and advanced analysis can help create a more intelligent working environment. The correct AC temperature in shared office spaces helps us, for example, to book the most suitable meeting room and also to take into account the preference of the room by setting the right temperature, lighting and office supplies can be replenished automatically.
This easily leads to:
- More efficient office activities
- Energy savings
- Comfortable working environments
- Consequently, employee productivity increased
- The dark side of the internet of things
The potential risks & # 39; s
Every technology indeed comes as a tree, but that does not mean that the grass on the other hand will be greener. Furthermore, we will discover how even after so much convenience has to offer, why IoT presents so much risk. As I said before, IoT can be integrated into everything from coffee machines to fitness watches that make our lives easier. But what happens if they get bad? When they are accidentally infected or hacked, these blessings can certainly become huge threats.
IoT can be integrated anywhere, which makes our lives easier
Devices, systems and the lack of security
It may be interesting to know that IoT devices can become bots that blindly follow orders to commit crimes as part of a botnet. What is a botnet, you might ask? Well, it is a network of infected devices that are mainly exploited by the attacker to perform tasks such as performing DDoS attacks, Bitcoin mining and distributing spam e-mails. Used primarily to perform DDoS attacks and to mitigate cryptocurrencies, these botnets have the potential to have a greater impact by having IoT devices do much more, such as sending spam messages with dangerous malware. Botnets can also run click-jacking campaigns, distribute niche ads and, worse, infect other IoT devices.
Botnets can also run click-jacking campaigns, distribute niche ads and, worse, infect other IoT devices Like most malware, botnets can be found in dark market places. The source code can be purchased and leaked, depending on the type of service. In the event that an IoT device is already infected, another bot may try to replace the infection with its code and in some cases also "repair" the vulnerability. But usually it fails! No matter how harmless these proof-of-concept attacks may seem, you cannot deny that IoT devices and systems are not properly protected. Hackers can easily take control of them and cause complete chaos like never before.
Collect information against payment
But how much information can an IoT device collect? What I mean is that by hacking a webcam, someone can see what is being pointed to them without you knowing it, smart TVs and personal assistants can pick up sound, and smart cars can give directions or someone is or is not at home. Frankly, the amount of information collected on these IoT devices cannot be determined free of charge. And with everything in the cloud, such information can be intercepted or redirected to a malicious server and misused if they are not properly protected.
The more we surround ourselves with IoT devices, the more motivation cyber criminals get to target us! Let us hope over time that the security of connected devices will improve dramatically.