Do you own a smartwatch? Have you thought about buying one? Well, almost every smartwatch's most important feature — the ability to wirelessly connect with your smartphone — could leave smartwatches wide open to hacker attacks.
One of the biggest selling points of a smartwatch is the fact that wearing could save people time they'd normally spend fishing their smartphones out of purses or wallets to check for notifications. Instead, notifications for emails and phone calls would be sent directly to your watch.
The problem is that all of the information that could make your life more convenient is only protected by a six-digit string of numbers.
All a hacker would have to do to snoop on any information sent between your smartphone and smartwatch is to run a program that tests every combination of those six numbers.
Cybersecurity company BitDefender exposed the hack. It published a video showing just how easily this terrifying hack can be pulled off.
Check it out.
Security flaws like the one exposed in this video are understandable growing pains for any new gadget. As our world becomes increasingly connected, however, buying a product that isn't fully secure could end with your identity being stolen.
Protecting yourself is simple: Wait on buying your first smartwatch.
If you've kept up with my coverage of the massive security vulnerabilities sneaking into your everyday home products, then you'd know what I'm talking about. If you haven't heard about how vulnerable your thermostat could be, then click here.