Connectivity and the Internet of Things: Good or Bad?

August 23, 2019

Rachel Lau, Social Media, Arts & Design, Guardian Data Destruction

According to the trends from the largest Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas held every January, it’s clear that the one most common was the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is all about connectivity and ever since the innovation of Smartphones, the process of connecting between two different devices has never been simpler and it’s what’s shaping our digitally enabled world today.

Today’s fast-evolving digital world poses both challenges and opportunities for everyone. With the progress within the last 10 years, we are now able to live, shop, and communicate in ways that were unheard of before. We are able to control household appliances and even adjust lights, thermostats, and unlock front doors. Even cars are being produced with updated systems to now support smartphone devices in a simple holistic view using CarPlay (for Apple products) or AndroidPlay (for Android Products) where you can see all the information from your phone on your car’s display screen.

Ultimately, this improvement in technology makes our lives easier in every way possible, but along with all the utility comes the issues with data security. When you connect your smartphone to your car, personal data on that phone gets stored into the car’s system that becomes vulnerable if not properly removed at the end of your ownership of the car. Even though it makes viewing appointments, maps, messages, and contacts easier, sensitive information is being sent back and forth between the car, smartphones, your computers, the cloud and all the different connected devices. Data privacy and security has become a large-scale issue because of the sheer number of people who have become victims of hacking, identity theft and data breaches.

The more our electronics evolve and older versions become obsolete, the greater the need for data destruction processes and electronic recyclers. The demand for data destruction will increase as individuals start to realize the dangers of having their personal and sensitive data potentially exposed. As Guardian Data Destruction, the industry’s first and largest provider for end-of-life destruction, we have the most secure process in the industry and are fully responsible for making sure that your data is properly managed and destroyed when electronics have reached end of life. We are careful when handling our customer’s end-of-life devices and dedicated to helping you eliminate all the potential risk. Use a secure and trustworthy company like us to dispose of your data. Choose a company that never leaves a SHRED of evidence behind!

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