What is ‘IOT’ and How are you an integral part of it?
Let me explain –
‘IOT’ is an acronym for the ‘Internet of Things’
The ‘Internet of Things’ means the machines connected to the internet. In the today’s digital world, everything is connected to the internet. Let it be mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, iPhones, iPods, iPads, etc. Even offices, houses and cars are today online. Online in the sense, many people opt for converting simple operated utilities like power connections, telecom, locks, etc. in their offices, houses and cars into Wi-Fi connections thinking that it would be safe and would be under their control even when they are not present at that place. In many five star hotels as well, iPods are used to control all the things that require power including room locks considering ease and convenience of the users. Indeed, they are useful even in houses and cars. However, when you connect to the internet from anywhere, it becomes your responsibility to first know the pros and cons of connecting everything online and then be accountable for the security and safety of your houses, cars, hotels visitors and their personal information, employees at work and all your belongings. The simple act of using a mobile or a smart phone needs your vigilance while accessing internet for any purpose.
In today’s digital world, cyber crimes have increased because of lack of knowledge and vigilance on the part of the users of the internet and the connected devices. There are numerous intrusion prevention and detection systems available in the market today. There is not scarcity of expert engineers who are dedicated to information security day in and day out. There are so many organizations that are working for the security of this digital world in one or the other way, however, day by day cyber crime is taking a speed every year at an increasing rate. The main reason for this increase in cyber crime is lack of knowledge and vigilance on the part of individuals using the internet and the connected gadgets, and the lack of seriousness regarding information security among the business houses.
Everyone who is connected to the internet is an integral part of the IOT and so you are not an exception. You too are an integral and the most important part of the IOT. The fast you acknowledge this fact, the fast you would be able to learn about the pros and cons of the internet and the IOT, and thereby prevent yourself and your belongings from cyber threats.
Internet is a boon because it gives you so many benefits connecting you to the world at the tap of your fingers; however it will not take any longer for it to become a threat if you are not vigilant while being online. It is wise to have at least a basic knowledge about the web and the gadgets that connect you to the web. Expert knowledge is not expected from everyone but basic knowledge is because when you are online, only you are responsible for your actions that you take online and the consequences of those actions and the parties affected online as well as offline.
So today for every individual, the businesses, the local authorities, the governments and every other person connected to the internet, the need of an hour is being vigilant online.