127.0.0.1 in­va­sion

HWM (Singapore) - - News - Zachary Chan Ed­i­tor

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 ofine. 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.

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