June 3, 2014
With the tap of a finger, iPhone users will soon be able to lock their doors, turn off appliances and even use a baby monitor, all thanks to Apple's new software "Homekit." However, not everyone is convinced creating a smartphone with your smartphone is entirely secure.
"What I would really be concerned about is that data. The secure data that is opening your doors and turning your lights on and watching your baby, where is that being stored?" said Christian Argie, owner of Top Notch Computers in Charlottesville.
Argie says syncing your home electronics with your phone or tablet, especially if data is stored online, could be a warm welcome for hackers and make it privy to government agencies.
"When you’re hosting your information with Google or Apple of anybody else, you are losing a lot of your Fourth Amendment protection. You can be snooped on by the authorities, the IRS, the NSA, and they don't even have to tell you," Argie said.
There's also concern about storing really personal information on your phone. With Apple's new "Healthkit" software users can track blood pressure, monitor their heart rate, as well as store medical records.
"Your information is basically not your information when it is stored in somebody else's care," said Argie.
According to Argie, while tech giant's security systems are good, companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft are targets for hackers. He says while the convenience factor is there for storing data on a host site, Argie encourages everyone to think about the risks of putting their private life into cyber space.