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UK chooses smart heating over smart watches

Research by YouGov has revealed that almost a quarter (24%) of UK adults would be interested in buying a smart heating system, while more than one in five (22%) would be interested in buying smart light bulbs.

In contrast, only 12% of UK adults who don’t currently own a smart watch said that they would be interested in buying one in the future.

The research also found that, from the list of smart products provided, only 11% of people had already invested in the Internet of Things, suggesting that there is wide scope for growth in this market in the near future.

Overall, the future looks hopeful for the Internet of Things, the umbrella term given to an internet-enabled network of devices, with 42% of UK adults stating that smart products have a positive effect on their daily lives.

Redcentric CTO Simon Michie said: “Cloud-enabled smart devices are going to become more prominent in our daily lives over the next five years, especially within the household.

“Ultimately, the Internet of Things will make our lives easier, but we need to remember that these devices are connected to the internet. They contain our personal information, and just like a computer they can be accessed by malicious third parties, so consumers need to still be vigilant by making sure they have secure passwords and do their research about any potential known vulnerabilities in these products.”

The study comes as part of a campaign Redcentric is undertaking called Security for Life, which highlights the need for better internet security, both personally and in business.

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