If you’re an avid HWM reader, you’ll have noticed a trend over the past few issues. In August, we talked about the future of smart homes and the Internet of Things. In September, we focused on software and apps. October was more of an introspective look at hardware innovation for new interaction and experiences.
All these topics encompass what has become of, and what to look forward to, in our connected lives. In this issue, we tackle the nal, and perhaps the most important segment of the series, online security.
You see, life used to be easy. Computers, phones, music players were all individual devices that did what I needed them to do ofine. None of my devices talked to each other and being able to access the internet was a privilege. Much like TV time, online time was regulated. Being a geek rebel meant many a late night sneaking onto IRC chat rooms after everyone else was asleep. But, I’m digressing.
What’s scary isn’t keeping up with the hardware that has enabled us to so effortlessly stay connected, but how much of our lives we put online today. And the real headache comes when you need to keep track of the web of passwords and backup questions and alternate authentication methods for every new app or service you sign up for.
At some point, we try to take the easy way out, because who has time to wait for a 2FA code every time you want to check your email right? Wrong!
The world is becoming a more open place because of the internet, but at the same time it just means we’re all the more open to being attacked. If your home has a gated fence, a guard dog, advanced padlocks with those funky 3D keys, deadbolts and an alarm system, there’s no reason why you’d trust just one basic password to protect your entire digital life.