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Smart devices are spies, more than 50% Indians believe

But information devices other than smart devices, when connected by the Internet of Things, have inherent risks of security breaches, too

New Delhi: As many as 52% or more than half of the Indians believe their smart devices record personal information without their knowledge, a survey by YouGov said on Tuesday.

YouGov, an Internet-based market research and data analytics firm, stated that the most commonly used devices are also the ones people are most likely to think are monitoring them.

Wikipedia defines a smart device as an electronic device, generally connected to other devices or networks via different wireless protocols such as Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, LiFi, 3G, etc, that can operate to some extent interactively and autonomously. Several notable types of this kind of devices are smartphones, and the ‘smart’ version of cars, thermostats, doorbells, locks, refrigerators, phablets and tablets, watches, bands, key chains, speakers and others.

The term may also refer to a device that exhibits some properties of ubiquitous computing, including — although not necessarily — artificial intelligence.

Smart devices can be designed to support a variety of form factors, a range of properties pertaining to ubiquitous computing and to be used in three main system environments: the physical world, human-centred environments and distributed computing environments.

“People have concerns about their online privacy and losing private data (such as photos, emails, financial information) is people’s biggest tech-related fear (with 55% saying it). Cyber terrorism (53%) is the second-biggest fear,” YouGov said in a statement.

While 85% of people own a smartphone, 54% believe the technology is spying on them.

According to the survey, around a third fear that with the rapid advancement of technology either they would be socially isolated (34%), human interactions would be replaced by Artificial Intelligence (34%) or there would be excessive dependence on technology (32%).

Smart devices versus other information appliances

Although smart devices partially overlap in definition with specific types of appliances such as information appliances, smart devices are characterised and they differ in several key ways.

  1. Smart devices, in general, can take a much wider range of form-factors than appliances
  2. Second, smart devices support ubiquitous computing properties
  3. Third, information appliances focus on remote interaction with computing environments that tend to be personalised whereas smart devices can also focus heavily on impersonal physical world interaction
  4. Fourth, the term appliance generally implies that devices are task specific and under the control of some embedded system or application specific operating system, whereas smart devices may support multiple tasks, for example, a mobile phone can act as a phone but also as a games console, music player, camera, etc.

The smart devices these generations have the ability to control other smart devices, not necessarily they have to be in the same network or in a particular range they can connect and access an authorised smart device across the globe which has an active Internet connection. Smart devices are used for autopilot features in driving.

But other information appliances, when connected by the Internet of Things, have inherent risks of security breaches, too.

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