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Frustrated by technology? Brace yourself for more in 2016!

2016 Tech Predictions

“Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do more things quickly and efficiently.  But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle,” writes journalist James Surowiecki.

I’m sure you, as I do, agree with his sentiments.

Technology is always progressing.  New gadgets appear on store shelves almost every day.  As soon as you buy one device, a newer upgraded version quickly makes yours obsolete.

So what will you see happen with technology in 2016?

I believe two major developments will affect our everyday lives.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will change how we interact with the world around us

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the next biggest frontier in technology.  It’s been developing quite rapidly the past few years, but 2016 may be the year it explodes into our everyday lives.

Gartner Research predicts there will be more than 50 billion IoT devices around the world by 2020 – just 4 years away!

Simply defined by Wikipedia, “the Internet of Things is a network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which allows these objects to collect and exchange” information.

Devices you use every day will soon be connected to the world wide web.  You probably own some of them already.

Things like: locks on your doors that allow you to lock or unlock them remotely, thermostats that allow you to regulate the temperature of your home while you’re away, and light controls that allow you to turn them on/off or dim them without a switch.

Eventually, refrigerators will contain sensors detecting when you’re low on certain food or drinks and automatically reorder it for you.

The Internet of Things will integrate tech into almost every object we see or touch.  Its focus will be on consumer safety, security, health and convenience.

Increased security breaches cause the death of the password

It’s a question I dread having to ask my clients, “What is your password?”  Many times the response is a blank stare followed by, “I don’t know.”

Almost every website you access requires you to enter a password.

You want to place an order on Amazon or Zappos – enter your password.

You want to check your bank account or credit card balance – enter your password.

You want to access your email – enter your password.

You want to see what your friends have posted on Facebook – gotta enter your password.

Because none of us like remembering dozens of passwords, it’s okay to admit that you’re among the 55% of people who use the same password on multiple websites. 

Or maybe you’re one who writes your passwords down on a sheet of paper and leaves it next to your computer.  But never updates it when you’re forced to change the password for a website.

Increased security threats and breaches have stirred up serious discussions to requiring better, more effective methods to keep your accounts safe.

SecurityWeek magazine reports, “While the traditional username and password login method continues to be widely used on websites, devices, and applications, some believe that a more innovative approach to authentication is needed.  In fact, some companies have already decided to shed the need for passwords, including Yahoo, which recently announced that it is allowing mobile users to sign-in through a process called Account Key, which involves sending text messages for login confirmation.”

In 2016, I believe you will start to see more secure and layered forms of security that will increase your online safety.  With it, may come more inconvenience.