This week German security research firm AV-Test
published a report comparing seven fitness trackers and their Android apps. The Apple Watch got only a passing mention as it has no companion app for Android. That makes sense, but for some reason Fibit was also excluded from the test.
It gets weirder: Pebble Time, a proper smartwatch, was one of the tested devices but Android Wear—which obviously has fitness tracking and works with Android—was nowhere to be found.
The good news is that Pebble Time was found to be the most secure of the group. Woo-hoo?
The seven fitness trackers that AV-Test looked at are as follows:
Microsoft Band 2
Mobile Action Q-Band
Runtastic Moment Elite
The purpose of their tests was to assess the security of local and cloud-saved user data for each device. To accomplish this they looked at three main areas:
Tracker – connection, authentication, tampering
The App – safeguarding and code check
Secure online communication