WHITE PAPER: How safe is your quantified self? from the Symantec Security Response Team

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Fueled by technological advances and social factors, the quantified self movement has experienced rapid growth. Quantified self, also known as self-tracking, aims to improve lifestyle and achievements by measuring and analyzing key performance data across a range of activities.

Symantec has found security risks in a large number of self tracking devices and applications. One of the most significant findings was that all of the wearable activity-tracking devices examined, including those from leading brands, are vulnerable to location tracking.

Our researchers built a number of scanning devices using Raspberry Pi mini computers and, by taking them out to athletic events and busy public spaces, found that it was possible to track individuals.

Symantec also found vulnerabilities in how personal data is stored and managed, such as passwords being transmitted in clear text and poor session management. As we collect, store, and share more data about ourselves, do we ever pause to consider the risks and implications of sharing this additional data?

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