Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) are both very promising technologies. However, we should be cautious of the privacy and security concerns surrounding them.

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Security and privacy issues while using AR and VR

  • Social engineering: Hackers can distort users’ perception of reality through fake signs or displays to lead them into performing actions that benefit the hackers.
  • Malware: Unsuspecting users click on ads that lead to hostage websites or malware-infected AR servers that contain unreliable visuals.
  • Man-in-the-middle-attacks: Network attackers can listen on the communication lines between the AR browser and the AR provider, AR channel owners, and third-party servers.
  • Fake identities or ‘Deepfakes’: A hacker can access the motion-tracking data from a VR headset, and can use it to create a deepfake.

We recommend the following tips while using AR and VR systems.

  1. Avoid disclosing any information that is too personal while setting up an account.
  2. Always review the data privacy terms or policies before using an AR or VR platform.
  3. Ensure your devices have antivirus installed and running with latest updates and patches.
  4. Always use a VPN to keep your identity and data private, and to secure any sensitive information shared online.
  5. Make sure to keep firmware (VR headsets and AR wearables) up to date.