How far have we come from the moment the term IoT was coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999? Well, usage has certainly improved by leaps and bounds since the toaster, the very first IoT device. The Internet of Things certainly took off in 2014 and it still amazes us on a daily basis. Its advantages are incredible, but they come at a price.

easy access
Right now, you can easily access the information you need in (almost) real time from wherever you are. All it requires is a smart device and an internet connection.

We use Google Maps to see where we are instead of asking someone in the street. Booking is easier than ever. Factual information can be easily obtained from the latest scientific research, or even from business analysis. It is only one click away.

Speed
Putting in all this data helps us accomplish many tasks with enviable speed. For example, IoT makes automation easy. Smart offices automate repetitive tasks, thus allowing employees to invest their time and effort in something more challenging.

adopting new standards
Although IoT is always changing, its changes are minimal compared to the rest of the high tech world. Without IoT, it would be difficult for us to keep track of all the latest updates.

better time management
Overall, IoT is an incredible time-saving device. We can search for the latest news on our phones during our daily commute, or visit a blog about our favorite pastime, buy an item in an online shop, you name it.
In the end, we end up with too much time on our hands.

However, nothing is perfect.

IoT. disadvantages of
data breach
Easy access to data is amazing. Unfortunately, even our own personal data is more open than ever. The figures (from a website: idstrong dot com) show some worrying statistics. 12.7 million Americans were victims of identity theft. Credit card numbers are the most commonly tampered with information, followed by debit card numbers.

Data breaches are extremely stressful. Companies are also afraid of them and they can lose the trust of their customers if the cyber attack came through their website pages.

The most risky devices are said to be: smart toys for kids, off-brand IoT gadgets, second-hand smart devices and the latest, questionable apps (latest about unusual devices).

dependency
IoT, obviously, is dependent on an internet connection. When there is none, it cannot be used.

On the other hand, we are becoming more and more dependent on the daily use of IoT. Not only in business, but also in our personal lives. If we don’t download the desired information quickly, we are likely to become agitated and upset about even the most trivial of content.

To that end, IoT doesn’t always bring out the best in us and this has contributed to a drastic reduction in our attention span.

Complexity
Although IoT seems to accomplish tasks with ease, there are a lot of complex operations behind it. As a result, if the software makes incorrect calculations, it will affect the rest of the process.

The over-dependencies mentioned above can sometimes be very dangerous. More and more, we won’t know how to deal with the wrong temperature in our greenhouse. In the worst case, a glitch in the water dam software can cause catastrophic flooding.
So, sometimes it is not always easy to fix a fault in IoT.

IoT has given us many amazing things and it surprises us in many areas: business, healthcare, our personal life. As far as shortcomings are concerned, now that you are more aware of them, try to keep them under control. Protect your data and be aware of how automation and easy access can affect you or your business.

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