And that toothbrush that automatically orders new brush heads or humidifier that orders new filters? What if 1,000 of them show up at your door that have already been billed to your account?
We all need to become more aware.
While there are standards established for the secure transmission and storage of credit card information required by the payment card industry, there are currently no legal requirements that the connected devices you buy are safe from cybercriminals. As consumers we need to insist that vendors take this challenge seriously. Many times, security standards are created only as a reaction to the fear of government-mandated regulation, or the loss of business.
Banks, retailers, and other point of sale services also need a way to verify that the electronic devices we use to make purchases and conduct financial transactions haven't been tampered with. Tamper-proof systems, security tools that detect unexpected behavior, and automated physical inspection of devices need to be required.
And finally, we need to take the time to educate ourselves - and our friends and family - about how to shop carefully and safely.
Happy - and Safe - Holidays!
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