Virtual reality (VR) has the power to transform and enhance the way we interact with technology. Beyond gaming, we’re seeing VR take hold in verticals spanning from entertainment to education, and even the medical field. As VR technologies continue to grow in popularity and make their way into the hands of consumers, it’s important to be aware of the unique threats that maybe associated with VR.
As long as VR collects user information, like first and last name or payment details, fraudsters will continue to find ways to target these devices in order to commit fraud. Other security risks may emerge when the device is in use, like unknowingly displaying location details. As with any technology, consumers need to be aware of the personal information they are providing and how it is being secured, stored and shared.
With speed to market becoming a priority, developers are being pressured to sacrifice security and privacy considerations. It’s important to say yes to software updates when using these devices, as they may address critical security vulnerabilities.
Securing VR will take a collective effort from both the public and privacy sectors, as well as the technology developers to ensure security and privacy become a priority. However, users should be aware of these threats and take action to mitigate their risk by creating strong passwords for VR accounts, ensure your devices have the latest software, and use reputable VR devises.