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Personal data on Samsung and LG smartwatches is not secure

Private information stored by LG and Samsung smartwatches is not safe
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Private information from Samsung and LG smartwatches can be easily retrieved by virtually anyone, reveals a study made by researchers at the University of New Haven.

Personal data stored on digital devices was never 100 percent safe and this is true even when talking about smartwatches, unfortunately. According to researchers from the University of New Haven, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo are far from being able to store private information in a secure manner. Fortunately, not everyone can hack into these devices, but those with enough expertise can do it after a bit of research.

Director of New Haven's Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group Ibrahim Baggili said "It was not very difficult to get the data, but expertise and research was required." He also revealed that calendar, email address, contacts and pedometer data were extracted from the LG G Watch, while the Samsung Gear 2 Neo revealed even more private information, including email, health, messages, and contacts data.

While the Samsung Gear 2 Neo uses the company's Tizen operating system, the LG G Watch is powered by Google's Android Wear. "Just because encryption is enabled does not mean it is implemented in a way that does not allow us to defeat the encryption," added Baggili.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-06-12 (Update: 2015-06-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.