The next stage of the evolution of the internet has already begun. Not only will there be massive changes to the way internet works in the next few years, but they will bring with them a host of new cybersecurity solutions, especially mobile networks.
We will take you through some of the main developments on their way right now in the digital work. A lot of these changes have already begun to take place, and we are starting to see how they impact the devices you use. We will also take you through some of the cybersecurity issues and solutions that come about due to these new technologies.
How is the Internet evolving?
There are 3 new technologies on their way to the internet. The first one is 5G, which is a new way of sending and receiving data that will have speeds of over 10 times the ones you have in standard optic fiber cable.
The Internet of Things is another new innovation, although it is way more developed than the other 2 and has already been implemented to a fair extent. The internet of things reduces human to server or human to human interaction on the internet by having your devices interact with one another for your convenience. An example of this is your mobile phone telling your oven your approximate arrival time, so your food is ready when you arrive.
Lastly, a blockchain allows transfer of data in a completely decentralized setting. The main use of blockchain so far has been CryptoCurrency. However, you might soon use it for secure transfer for data and it may end up being a vital part of your security system.
Problems that may arise due to 5G
Although there are a few problems that may arise due to the advent of new and more advanced technology in the next few years, most of these will still relate to privacy and anonymity. As far as the internet infrastructure is concerned, it will only get safer as time goes by and the 5G network is further developed.
When it comes to privacy issues, most of your problems can be solved by using a VPN. A VPN routes your traffic through a secure server and makes sure that no one can see your identity and your browsing history, whether it is the government or a foreign hacker. Using a VPN is a good practice whenever you use the internet, and it will be for a long time.
There do seem to be some problems that may arise with 5G networks, but the major solutions to that are to be found on your Network Provider’s end rather than yours. On your end, using a VPN does seem like one of the best precautions that you can take. 5G, together with blockchain, will probably end up resolving a large majority of cybersecurity issues that you may have.
The cybersecurity advantages of blockchain
Since blockchain is decentralized and it is impossible for anyone that is not authenticated to access it, it provides users with a lot of tools when it comes to security. You can use blockchain to secure your mobile phone as well as your laptop in a number of ways.
For example, using a blockchain backed registry would allow you to make sure that any software that you are using on your device is legitimate and has not been tampered with in any way. You will also be able to store your digital signature on the blockchain and use it to authenticate/validate your identity wherever you are.
Some of the biggest strides in using blockchain for security purposes are being made by Sirin Labs. Due to the recent bursting of the crypto bubble and the massive downturn that the crypto market is in, it won’t be long before people look towards a blockchain’s as a potential security application as opposed to a currency platform.
How the Internet of Things secures your family and your home
The IoT is also going to be an incredibly beneficial tool which will help protect you. Since the technology bases itself on automation as much as possible, you will no longer have to worry about someone breaking into your house when away on vacation or at work. Not only will your security camera automatically recognize any threat that may be present, but it will also alert you, the police, and anyone you program it to inform.
Although we are starting to see the Internet of Things being implemented through devices such as Amazon Echo/Alexa, there is still a long way to go for IoT. Once fully developed, it may be what really kick starts the Artificial Intelligence age.
The internet seems to be heading on an upward trajectory for a long time to come. Our only hope is that it does not bring unforeseen security issues along with all of the innovation. One good news is that cybersecurity(especially for mobile devices) seems to be a top priority for the next step in internet evolution and it will hopefully reduce the necessity for third-party apps used for privacy and malware-protection.