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The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the internet moving beyond traditional computer devices like laptops and phones, and connecting everyday items like toasters and thermostats. ‘Smart homes’ are a good example.
Although the IoT can make life a lot more convenient, we must remember that this is opening a huge number of entry points for hackers. According to one IT consultancy, there are already 8.4 billion connected things. It is predicted there will be 20 billion by 2020. In 2016, Blackberry employees proved that it was possible to take control of a connected coffee machine, which could be the gateway to a home. Some viruses already target IoT devices, and the IoT also contributes to the growing volume of data in the world. The IoT introduces another step in the arms race between cybersecurity and hackers.