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the biggest wearable technology trends in 2021

the biggest wearable technology trends in 2021

With the ongoing global pandemic, wearable technology didnt make as many waves in 2020 as it has done in previous years. This isnt surprising, as many wearable tech items are designed to be worn when we were out and about.

There were a few exceptions notably, these include wearable devices with a healthcare function and technology designed to be used in the workplace. These will both be strong trends throughout 2021, but we are likely to see a resurgence in other areas as, hopefully, we are able to get out more. Another driving force behind this growth will be the ongoing rollout of 5G, enabling many new types of data services, many of which will be delivered through wearables.

This means we are likely to see new form-factor wearables hitting the market, to tackle health challenges or leverage super-fast networks. But existing forms such as smartwatches and health-monitoring wristbands are still evolving, too. Fitbit, one of the pioneers of consumer wearables, is currently Google's hottest new acquisition, and speculation is that this will result in new watches and wristbands during 2021.

Understandably, features designed to help us monitor our health and stay safe will remain a top priority for developers of wearable technology during 2021. Many smart watchmakers are now adding blood oxygen (Sp02) sensors to their devices as standard, ECG monitors and other sensors that provide both warnings that something may be wrong with us, as well as the capability to analyze data over a time period and make suggestions about how we might improve our health.

Fitbit and Huami both make watches that include built-in thermometers that can track the rise of body temperature that often accompanies viral infections. As well as telling someone that they might want to think about staying away from other people for a few days, the aggregated data collected from these devices will help epidemiologists track the way a virus moves through populations, and in the future may help contain outbreaks before they have the chance to become global pandemics.

Of course, 2020 was also the year many of us added a new item of clothing to our everyday wardrobe, in the form of masks. Clearly, this is an item of clothing thats ripe with potential for technological augmentation, so it was inevitable that it wouldnt be long before smart masks were on the cards. Project Hazel is a prototype created by Razer of "the most advanced mask ever created." As well as active filtration and virus-killing UV light functions, it contains a voice amplifier so you can be heard clearly while wearing it. Japanese startup Donut Robotics has created a smart mask with voice recognition that allows you to make phone calls and send messages without touching the phone in your pocket. And, of course, masks aren't only designed to protect against viruses, so Airpops Halo mask can gather online information about the quality of local air and use it to control its active filtering system that protects against other types of harmful particles.

Were also likely to see a shift in the way devices interface with our biological systems in coming years. Video game and virtual reality creator Valve is already said to be working on technology that can be controlled directly by the brain their founder Gabe Newell said last year that he believes The Matrix is closer than we think. From a health perspective, the reverse of this process is potentially more useful for now using technology to control our brain. This is the concept behind devices such as Cove, which describes itself as "stress canceling technology."Worn over the ears in the same way as a headset, it uses vibrations applied to specific parts of the head that can create what it says is a clinically proven stress-reducing and sleep-enhancing effect.

Its a mistake to think that 5G is just about faster data transfer speeds. To understand the effect it's going to have on all areas of tech, and by extension, on our lives, it's important to remember that faster speeds mean more data, and access to far richer and more diverse data sources from our wearables and mobile devices.

Just as the last generations of mobile data transfer (3G and 4G) made streaming music and streaming video a practical, everyday possibility, 5G potentially offering speeds up to 100 times greater than previous standards will make it possible to create entirely new types of services and experiences.

Another advantage of 5G networks is that they allow a far higher number of devices to operate within a geographical area. In busy urban areas its often possible that your mobile data signal is compromised purely because there are too many people nearby all trying to connect to the same network. In the world of wearables, where we may often have several devices on us that are all fighting for bandwidth, 5G should provide a solution to that problem.

One more knock-on effect is that wearables will also become smaller and lighter, as there will be less need for them to contain powerful data-processing hardware in the devices themselves. There will be plenty of bandwidth for it all to be done in the cloud. This hopefully means we will see the end of bulky VR and AR headsets, and the emergence of devices that are more comfortable to live with and carry with us.

The first smartwatches were premium products with a hefty price tag, like the Apple Watch. In tech, there is always the tendency for devices to become smaller, more effective, and cheaper in price, and the emergence of hundreds of budget smartwatches, many with the same basic functionality as Apple's product, demonstrates that wearable tech will follow this same trend.

Theres a range of products on the market now in most wearable categories to cater to all budgets. In the coming year, we can expect to see this become true of categories such as headwear and glasses that are still mainly premium products.

New head-mounted wearables that are emerging from Google, Facebook and perhaps even Apple will be available as premium products but are more likely to also be available as cut-down, affordable models, too. This will grow the user base for these devices, meaning the development of apps and data services that can be used on them will accelerate, too. Its the same trend we have seen with every consumer technology from computers to smartphones. 2021 could well be the year when affordable product lines designed to be picked up and used by non-techie people will take wearables into the mainstream.

Its very likely we will start to see wearables firmly targeted at the lifestyle market, rather than business or techie users. A good example here is Snapchats Spectacles, that are closely aligned with it's social sharing and messaging services, allowing pictures and videos to be directly uploaded from the device, as well as being packed with the funAR technology that has proven so popular with users of that platform.

As with headsets, in 2021 we can expect to see smart clothing increasingly adopted by mainstream consumers. This move is often driven by collaborations between fashion and tech brands, such as the Levi Commuter x Jacquard jacket, which allows users to control their phone and access Google services as well as track the location of their Uber using gestures. But we will also continue to see more specialized applications of the technology such as the Nadi X yoga pants, that track and give feedback on the wearers posture, and Neviano connected swimsuits that detect the strength of ultraviolet light they are exposed to and can send warnings to the wearers smartphone app if levels are too high.

The advantage of clothing over smaller accessories like watches and bracelets is that they cover a larger area of the body and can potentially take more in-depth and useful reasons. Samsung has spoken about plans to create a smart shirt that can detect early warning signs of lung disease and other illnesses. It didnt emerge during 2020 (when many consumer tech projects were delayed or shelved), but with the increased focus on health-related wearables, it is likely we will see this type of functionality becoming a reality in the next year.

Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business & technology advisor to governments and companies. He helps organisations improve their business performance, use data more intelligently, and understand the implications of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchains, and the Internet of Things. Why dont you connect with Bernard on Twitter (@bernardmarr), LinkedIn (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/bernardmarr) or instagram (bernard.marr)?

Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business & technology advisor to governments and companies. He helps organisations improve their business performance, use data more intelligently, and understand the implications of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchains, and the Internet of Things. Why dont you connect with Bernard on Twitter (@bernardmarr), LinkedIn (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/bernardmarr) or instagram (bernard.marr)?

parkmobile breach exposes license plate data, mobile numbers of 21m users krebs on security

parkmobile breach exposes license plate data, mobile numbers of 21m users krebs on security

Someone is selling account information for 21 million customers of ParkMobile, a mobile parking app thats popular in North America. The stolen data includes customer email addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, license plate numbers, hashed passwords and mailing addresses.

KrebsOnSecurity first heard about the breach from Gemini Advisory, a New York City based threat intelligence firm that keeps a close eye on the cybercrime forums. Gemini shared a new sales thread on a Russian-language crime forum that included my ParkMobile account information in the accompanying screenshot of the stolen data.

Asked about the sales thread, Atlanta-based ParkMobile said the company published a notification on Mar. 26 about a cybersecurity incident linked to a vulnerability in a third-party software that we use.

In response, we immediately launched an investigation with the assistance of a leading cybersecurity firm to address the incident, the notice reads. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also notified the appropriate law enforcement authorities. The investigation is ongoing, and we are limited in the details we can provide at this time.

The statement continues: Our investigation indicates that no sensitive data or Payment Card Information, which we encrypt, was affected. Meanwhile, we have taken additional precautionary steps since learning of the incident, including eliminating the third-party vulnerability, maintaining our security, and continuing to monitor our systems.

Asked for clarification on what the attackers did access, ParkMobile confirmed it included basic account information license plate numbers, and if provided, email addresses and/or phone numbers, and vehicle nickname.

ParkMobile doesnt store user passwords, but rather it stores the output of a fairly robust one-way password hashing algorithm called bcrypt, which is far more resource-intensive and expensive to crack than common alternatives like MD5. The database stolen from ParkMobile and put up for sale includes each users bcrypt hash.

Note, we do not keep the salt values in our system, he said. Additionally, the compromised data does not include parking history, location history, or any other sensitive information. We do not collect social security numbers or drivers license numbers from our users.

ParkMobile says it is finalizing an update to its support site confirming the conclusion of its investigation. But I wonder how many of its users were even aware of this security incident. The Mar. 26 security notice does not appear to be linked to other portions of the ParkMobile site, and it is absent from the companys list of recent press releases.

Its also curious that ParkMobile hasnt asked or forced its users to change their passwords as a precautionary measure. I used the ParkMobile app to reset my password, but there was no messaging in the app that suggested this was a timely thing to do.

So if youre a ParkMobile user, changing your account password might be a pro move. If its any consolation, whoever is selling this data is doing so for an insanely high starting price ($125,000) that is unlikely to be paid by any cybercriminal to a new user with no reputation on the forum.

I dont use any of these kinds of apps. Nor do I do online banking or checking my investments. Yet, I am still not protected my DENTISTs database got hacked. I am at a loss of what I can do because once your info is out there we rely on the keepers to protect it. Not even the Credit Bureaus are doing a good job on this issue. And I NEVER gave them the right to my information!

When you initiate a transaction. you are giving them the right to obtain information. It it up to the provider to safeguard that information. Unfortunately, phishing is the most common way to obtain information. It is often too late to find out when the breach happens and it takes awhile to dig down as what had happened (youre poring over million lines of code to see what had changed) once it is known. Ill say the same thing, keep your password different and hard to crack (keep a handy note book for reference as most people dont).

If they do not store the salt in the password database, are the passwords actually salted? Do they store the salt in a different database? Do they use one salt, and it is hardcoded or provided in the applications configuration information?

deriving the salt from the password would be deterministic and defeat one of the key protections afforded by salting. with a random salt password123 is different for each random salt.. with a deterministic approach all users with password123 will have the same hash value. not exactly optimal.

If theyre using a single salt for all the passwords, then its called a pepper, which does not contribute as much to security as a salt does. There is nothing wrong, at all, with storing the salt along with the encrypted password.

Thanks for the story, Brian. Prior to this, I hadnt received any notification from either ParkMobile or the local city where I use this app. I wonder whether ParkMobile even notified the city governments who have contracted with company for use of the app?

Unfortunately it takes time to get those dtails before their spread in Russian forums for sell to get Some rupples ,sure its really shame to see customer confidential infos being rolling all over the dark Web in the hands of cyber crooks .call to actions

Great, another app that I had to use once 2 years ago because it was the only way to pay for parking in that particular vacation spot. Had to reinstall the darn thing to check what information had been provided.

You cant remove the default Apple Pay payment method. You cant delete all vehicles from the app. You can at least change the associated email address and phone number, but its a bit late for that to be helpful.

Create a national law to penalize entities which get breached. Maybe a dollar or 2 for each account that gets breached plus direct notification to the account holderwithin 2 days of finding the breachor its time to go out of business? On top of that, a five dollar penalty per account that gets breached payable to the account holder. Were we able to do that now, Parkmobiles fine would be $21 million, plus $105 million for their account holders. I bet companies would start doing a better job of protecting their user accounts.

But I have an idea: how about a NATIONAL law that says: If the company has *any* facilities in the United States and their web presence gets breached, and customer data stolen, then a simple penalty: A ten US Dollar fine for every account that is breached, of which $5 will be paid to the account holder. Additionally, the company would be required to let their customers know within 2 days, and if they fail at that, then the fine should be **serious**.

I logged on with my cell phone and tried to change my password. It would not accept any new password I entered, with an error stating that one among a list of special characters (* & ^ etc) was needed. However including one or more of these special characters would not allow my new password to be accepted.

Ran into same issue. It should be rephrased to mean the only special characters allowed are the following: Also, be mindful if you use a password vault app that likes to autofill on that password change section, its provide current, then provide new not provide new, verify/confirm new

Im based in the UK, but the signage in the pictures looked familiar and sure enough, the EasyPark group taking over ParkMobile also owns RingGo whose services Im forced to use if I take the train there is no facility to pay for parking with cash, its either RingGo or stuff my card in a machine which seems to be connected via a 14.4K dialup modem.

Ive heard it said that anyone can be breached. Huge fines sounds like a great way to put a competitor out of business just help them get breached. Perhaps a preliminary focus for a national law could start with requirements companies should have for detecting breaches, logging access, and then perhaps even require notifications when breaches occur. If one is tired of hearing about all the breaches now, just imagine the exhaustion if we strengthened notification laws.

Theres a reason why this type of crime doesnt exist. Corporate espionage may have direct benefits depending on trade secrets but this business to business crime is just infeasible. Trying to bankrupt a competitor by having them pay fines to the government?

Our investigation indicates that no sensitive data or Payment Card Information, which we encrypt, was affected. Meanwhile, we have taken additional precautionary steps since learning of the incident, including eliminating the third-party vulnerability, maintaining our security, and continuing to monitor our systems.

I just went to change my ParkMobile pw, only to find that they seem to be doing something stupid in the web U/I with cleartext eval/manipulation of passwords I entered a password that meets all their criteria Password must be between 8-25 characters in length, contain at least 1 upper case character, 1 lower case character, a number (0-9), and a special character ([email protected]#$%^&). only to get an error message; my best guess is that the presence of a punctuation characters *not* in their list caused their password change engine to crash and fail (my random pwd generators output included a tilde, an open-bracket, and a close-brace character).

agree. it would be great if programs & sites would all adhere to minimum standard for passwords all too many limit the # of characters to a very low number like 8-15, dont support all the standard special characters, etc. If you want to have a low threshold for password thats one thing but dont restrict those that want to use a complex long one.

There have been a number of breaches now where the simple response seems to be third party failure. Two things come to mind with this- one is that many of these organizations had an internal failure and just tried to cover up the PR space by saying it was someone else Ubuquiti article of Krebs being a great example. These companies should absolutely be roasted if it is found to be an internal failure instead, and the legal team should face ramifications. Second When these are 3rd party breaches, it is still your failure. You contracted out the work you assumed the risk of the vendor. Boeing does not make computer chips but if a computer fails and a plane goes down, who are we looking at? We keep letting orgs use the cop out of 3rd party as if it makes it better, in my eyes it makes it much much worse.

Why did I have to find out about this breach from this article and not from ParkMobile themselves? Funny that when I went into the app there was now notification of the breach, dated AFTER this article was published. Kind of feels like theyre more interested in minimizing their own impact and attempting to just sweep it under the rug than doing anything to look out for the users of their app.

Today, April 20, I received an email from ParkMobile notifying me of the breach and telling me to change my password via a link in their message (the url starts with ablink.mail.parkmobile.io). I KNOW the breach is legitimate so I know the content of the ParkMobile message is legit, and I should assume the email itself is legit from ParkMobile and therefore should click the link to change my password. But my paranoia about phishing still overwhelms my rational side and I refuse to click the link Ill change my password by manually going to their web site or app. But more importantly, why dont companies such as ParkMobile recognize this phishing fear (or more positively, Ill call it a phishing awareness) too why do they send messages with embedded links especially with links that are not to recognizable parkmobile.COM but to something else (parkmobile.IO) that I dont identify as actually being from them?

I actually work in the security industry and am a huge admirer of your work. Ive personally dealt with skimmer and chip card fraud gangs, and your writing was amazingly helpful when there wasnt very much info on the subject at all.

ParkMobile never even sent an email regarding the breach to their customers. They claim the data that was leaked was not sensitive. I am in the planning stages for a lawsuit against them, because their negligence and improper security controls lead to him locating me and the dangerous situation that happened afterwards.

They refuse to acknowledge the danger of the information that was released. I know my circumstances are unique and abnormal compared to the other customers that had their info leaked, but ParkMobile is not doing even the minimum to protect their customers.

I was just informed that two email address that I used was being sold on the open internet and that it is possible that my passwords was compromised and ParkMobile was listed as the site that was responsible.

I read through the statement about the breach and I believe as usually companies do every thing to minimize the impact of the breach even though you have Millions of customers being affected. ParkMobile is 100% responsible for this breach. this day and time customers use there emails accounts for all kind of transactions and personal information. This can potentially lead to major issues for millions of trusted customers.

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