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One of the hottest items bound to be wrapped beautifully under Christmas trees or stuffed into stockings this year is wearable tech. Everything from smartwatches to fitness trackers to more obscure, but still impressively cool wearables like headbands have hit the market recently and are redefining just how much functional tech can be packed into small, body adorning devices. But one thing you might not know is that your wearables are susceptible to data hackers.

So, just how can you protect your wearables from hackers? In an age where our devices have unprecedented access to data and personal information about us, it’s important to take some time and not only shop around for secure wearables, but to be diligent when choosing security protocols to protect these wearables. As always, you should remain vigilant about your data and devices, but here are a few safety tips on how to protect your wearables from hackers.

Protecting wearables from hackers

Consider the Data That Could Potentially Be Stolen

When setting up your wearable, pay special attention to what sort of information you’re providing to the company and allowing the wearable access to. Realize that this data could potentially be at risk and ask yourself if it would be too detrimental to you if it got stolen. If yes, you might reconsider how much information you’re truly willing to divulge.

Do Your Research

As with anything, do your research into a company before buying their product. In order to protect your wearables from hackers, be sure to pay special attention to a wearable company’s security history and whether they’ve had any egregious incidents in the past in order to make the most secure choice.

Steer Clear of First Generation Devices

When it comes to wearables, it’s best to get the latest edition of the devices because they’re usually equipped with security upgrades that earlier versions lack. “With new platforms, we don’t know the vulnerabilities until some time has passed. Users can also make sure they have the most recent version for operating devices,” Good TechnologiesJohn Herrema told Forbes.

Secure Your Mobile Devices

Most wearables are paired and sync with Bluetooth to access apps on your mobile devices. Because of this, you should make sure to properly secure your smartphones. Things like securing your PIN, never connecting to public Wi-Fi, watching out for malignant emails and apps, adding two-factor authentication to your device and turning Bluetooth off when you’re not using it will all help protect your wearables from hackers.

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