Recent years have been marked by a real breakthrough in the world of technology and the Net, particularly with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, thanks to connected devices, users’ daily life has become much simpler and more convenient.
Yes, there is, unfortunately, a downside: the IoT allows the big companies on the Net to “monitor” consumers and tracks their habits. Unbeknownst to us, using cookies and the like, they collect data that they then use to deliver targeted advertising according to our web routines.
Recently, to counter this, researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University in the United States developed the “Internet of Things Assistant” application, which can track connected objects around us that are “spying” on us.
The functionalities of the IoT Assistant application
The IoT Assistant is an application intended for the general public and can be used without moderation. Available for free on iOS and Android, it can detect nearby devices that want to interact with our phone and collect personal information without our knowledge, and block their attempts.
Users can install the program on their laptops, tablets or computers. This application identifies the connected devices in our direct neighbourhood and shows them with the help of a map. Better yet, it can even identify the companies that are behind the data collection.
For more secure personal data
Today, connected objects have become an integral part of our environment. They can be found almost everywhere and in all forms: public cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth hotspots, doorbells, smart speakers. so many high-tech gadgets that allow the bigwigs on the Net to spy on us.
Simple to use, the Internet of Things Assistant application allows users to be in control of their personal information. Thanks to the app, they can accept or prevent the sharing of their data.
For the moment, the application is only available in North America. It is not yet known when it might arrive in European countries, including France, but many must already be eager to install it on their Smartphone!
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