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Google Glass Malware Might Soon Infect Your Eyeballs

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Won't be so smiley when there's malware on his face. (Photo: Google+)

Won’t be so smiley when there’s malware on his face. (Photo: Google+)

After all the excitement of the cool things we’re going to be able to do on Google Glass (except watch hardcore porn), everyone’s apparently glossed over the fact that the devices are prime targets for malware and viruses. PC Mag reports that the Android-powered face computers are a “tempting target” for attackers since they’re already familiar with the operating system.

Security experts worry that trojanized apps, or programs that look like popular apps but distributed on third-party outlets, could be Glass’ biggest threat since that’s the one of the most commonly used ways hackers target Android. And needless to say, the massive amount of information absorbed by Glass as people go about their days is alluring to hackers–especially if wearers record everything.

Corey Nachreiner, a security strategist, told PC Mag that people who wear Glass all day are giving hackers a front-row seat to all of the private information they’re accessing, like bank account logins and passwords. He warns that everything you look at via Glass is just giving ammunition to hackers.

“In the future, we’re going to have algorithms that will pinpoint things in video automatically,” he said, potentially turning Google Glass into a personal info-sucking machine. Though far-fetched, Nachreiner believes it’s good to start thinking about these concerns now.

So, what’s a Glasshole to do so no one can see their Tesla’s monthly payment? Mr. Nachreiner recommends creating a strong password, don’t download apps outside of Google Play and keep your security software updated. There’s obviously nothing more aggravating than seeing a Norton Antivirus pop-up flashing in your eyeballs because it needs an update.

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