I’ve written before about the Internet of Things (IoT) and some of the privacy and security issues that IoT raises.  Yes, there are some very helpful benefits from having so many of our devices inter-connected.

Yet there are security and privacy concerns that individuals need to keep in mind.  The number of devices someone chooses to have connected will depend on her comfort level.  Do you want your thermostat letting the power company know your daily routine, e.g., the daily times of your shower and your departure from home? Other issues are nicely outlined in an article by Omri Toppol that Graham Cluley has as a link on his newsletter (newsletter@grahamcluley.com; “What is the Internet of Things, and Why Should We Care about Its Security”; August 3rd).

The article by Omri provides several chilling examples of the dangers inherent in the IoT.  One example in the article is the 2010 hacking in Austin, Texas of over 100 cars which were remotely disabled.  The hacker or hackers disabled the cars by hacking into an online vehicle immobilization service.

I encourage people to read this article if for no other reason to learn more about the IoT — what’s already happening, what could happen in the not too distant future and then being able to decide a personal comfort level.