How ‘convenient multi-factor authentication’ is key for wearables security

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Nymi, a security and authentication provider focused on the wearables space, argues in a recently published infographic that the increase in data breaches does not bode well for the enterprise.

According to the infographic, the risk of a company having its systems breached is one in five, with the average cost to a company coming in at $3.5 million.

More than nine in 10 (91%) of breaches involve stolen credentials of some sort – usernames and passwords – perhaps not a huge...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Connectivity, NFC, Security.

Logitech prepares for iPhone 7 with Jaybird acquisition

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Jaybird manufactures audio wearables for people who live active lifestyles, but more importantly they’ve been acquired by Logitech ahead of what seems like the inevitable removal of the standard headphone jack in the upcoming iPhone 7. 

Judd Armstrong, founder and chief executive officer of Jaybird, said,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Devices, Fitness.

Apple Watch survives privacy test – fitness trackers reveal location, passwords

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In a test conducted by the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and its Citizen Lab, a wide range of wearable devices revealed data which can be used to find the exact location of a user, and even offered up passwords and usernames by installed apps. 

The researchers conducted tests on eight devices; the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Bluetooth, Privacy, Research, Security, Smartwatches, Trackers.

Future wearables use your body to communicate

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Most current wearable devices use Bluetooth to communicate, but this can be wasteful due to a how difficult it is for the signal to pass through a user's body. This causes an effect called "path loss" whereby a signal is weakened on the way to its destination, as well as causing security worries due to the distance the signal travels around the user being susceptible to eavesdropping. 

A team led by Professor Patrick...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Connectivity, Devices, Health Monitoring.

Researcher proposes new Wi-Fi standard for wearable device connectivity

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A research article discusses the issues surrounding the current Wi-Fi standard for connectivity on wearable devices and proposes a new standard, called Wi-Bo.

Wi-Bo, short for Wireless Body, would have a frequency of between 10 and 20GHz and a maximum range of two metres. As analyst and report author Andrew Sheehy explains: “It seems that what is needed is a completely new wireless networking standard.

“Wi-Fi is a short-range wireless networking standard that is used to...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Connectivity, Research.

Security: Wearables will be the target of hackers

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During yesterday's "Spring Forward" event from Apple, we saw for ourselves how our smartwatches will be remote controls for the smart home to open doors around the home. The question is, are you concerned this could be exploited by a hacker?

Apple's debut watch, as most current smartwatches, uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. The capabilities of the watch and the information it holds (including...

By Ryan Daws, 10 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Privacy, Security, Smartwatches.

What were the best wearables on show at CES 2015?

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a hub for all types of technology, from smartphones to washing machines. Yet, alongside connected cars, there was a clear appetite for wearable technology at this year’s event.

Recent research from Accenture found that over the next 12 months 12% of consumers plan to buy a wearable fitness monitor, with the same number expected to buy a smartwatch in the same time frame. Within five years, 40% and 41% respectively expect to...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Connectivity, Devices, Ecosystems.

Bitdefender proves Bluetooth wearables’ vulnerability

Most devices on the market use Bluetooth to communicate, and therefore rely on a six-digit PIN code to authenticate between them. This represents approximately one million possible keys which with today's computing power is simple to crack and allow an attacker access to private data about the user without consent.

The researchers showed how information from the wearable device could be revealed in plain text

Other than just notifications, wearable devices are collecting data such as location...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Connectivity, Devices, Privacy, Research, Security.

Cortus unveils new low power 32-bit processor core for IoT and wearable devices

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There are two main challenges with developing for wearable devices; creating a seamless user experience, and getting enough processing power to enable the seamless user experience you’ve created.

Cortus, a French company which creates low-power IP cores, has announced the first in a new family of products based on its v2 instruction set, specifically targeting sensors, wearables, and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The first release is the APS23, which has a...

By James Bourne, 07 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Developers, IoT.