We all know it is very important to stay safe online, for those who fell victims to phishing scams or similar they know how bad it felt when their identity was stolen, for many, this led to very serious consequences. That said, personal security should be taken more seriously.
To help solve data breach issues, a new project called the Smell of Data aims to give internet users real time updates on whether their private information is at risk of being leaked. ‘Smell of Data’ device sends out an odor when your data is leaking, it provides a way for users to keep track of threats to their online security by emitting a puff of a specially designed scent whenever a connected device is at risk.
When online criminals target an organization, they are often able to gain access to lots user accounts at once, rather than just going after individuals. Some websites allow users to check out whether their accounts have been compromised in the wake of a large-scale breach, an example is Have I Been Pwned?
The Smell of Data is a new scent developed as an alert mechanism for a more instinctive data,” explains a video on the project’s official website. “Smell data? Beware of data leaks. They can lead to privacy violation, behavior control, and identity theft.
HOW IT WORKS
To utilize the Smell of Data, a scent dispenser is charged with a specially developed fragrance, which is then connected to either a smartphone, tablet, or computer via Wi-Fi. When a paired system attempts to access an unprotected website on an unsecured network, the device detects this and emits a pungent puff of the Smell of Data as a warning signal.
This concept is inspired by odorless, flammable gases that present a major safety risk without any external indicators. Way back in in 1937, an explosion at the New London School in Texas killed over 295 people, this made authorities to add a smell to these gases in order make leaks easier to detect. The Smell of Data works on a similar principle.
Early humans used the sense of smell to survive back in the early days, “But now that our hunting and gathering has moved to the digital environment, our noses can no longer warn us of the lurking dangers in the online wilderness. The Smell of Data is a new scent created to instinctively alert internet users of data leaks on personal devices.”
It is also important to note that, The Smell of Data won’t secure your data for you. It is an alert mechanism for a more instinctive Internet.
Internet security is a branch of computer security specifically related to the Internet, often involving browser security but also network security on a more general level as it applies to other applications or operating systems on a whole. Its objective is to establish rules and measures to use against attacks over the Internet. The Internet represents an insecure channel for exchanging information leading to a high risk of intrusion or fraud, such as phishing. Different methods have been used to protect the transfer of data, including encryption and from-the-ground-up engineering.