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Risks In Internet Of Things (IoT) Landscape

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Risks In Internet Of Things (IoT) Landscape

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Before we jump into the subject, we will get to know briefly what the Internet of Things (IoT) is about. It is an avant-garde technology where it will be possible to link physical objects of all types possible to the Internet by embedding them with sensors having a unique Internet protocol (IP) address. 

These will turn all physical objects into computing devices, which will enable us to perform everyday tasks remotely. For e.g., with IoT, we can switch on our refrigerators, air-conditioners, TVs in our homes while driving a car or when holidaying in some remote location. 

This may all sound very appealing and attractive, but if technology permeates all aspects of our life, it may cause some unpleasantness too. Many of us do not want to be automatons. We want some of our personal space to be not transgressed at any cost. Violation of privacy is having many of us worried. 

This is because all of our information will be on the Internet, where security can sometimes be compromised. Hackers could then break into our systems and steal our confidential information. We live in a time when even government websites of developed countries have had Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. So can normal citizens be guaranteed safety? 

If IoT has to come of age, it begs us to the question as to who will it be controlled by. If it is only one company, then it could lead to monopoly and destroy competition. Giving information access to multiple companies is not also a comforting scenario. Importantly, where will this entire information be stored?

Over-dependence on technology is another factor going against IoT. Arriving at each and every decision, which is purely technology-driven is also not a situation that is very heartening. Technology, particularly the Internet, is yet to reach a state where it can be termed foolproof. 

When messages emanate from one device they reach all of its users at the same time. If you get a message from your house, saying that there is a need for only a single light bulb in the house, your wife, your kid, and you may all end up buying one each. More money will be spent in the bargain. 

Finally, the major effect of IoT could be the loss of jobs as everything will be automated, making human intervention superfluous. 

Before IoT can be a reality, it is necessary that devices of one brand, with a proprietary technology, are able to talk to another brand's devices. 

Also, companies/organizations need to come to a consensus on an international standard of compatibility. This is essential for tagging and overseeing devices.

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