In a recent security assessment of ten smartwatches and their iOS and Android companion applications, every single watch had at least one significant security flaw, according to a new report from HP Fortify.
One common problem was that the data that smartwatches collected was typically sent to numerous places — up to ten locations, in some cases.
“It was going through analytics networks, ad networks, numerous back ends,” said Daniel Miessler, head of security research at Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP Fortify. “It’s something that consumers probably aren’t aware of.”
Many of those connections were not encrypted, he added, making a bad situation even worse.
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