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Updated Jun 23, 2014 - 6:47 am

Company warns of security risks of wearable technology

PHOENIX -- The personal security company Identity Theft 911 is warning that things like Google Glass, Google Fit and Apple's Health Kit could leave you vulnerable. Hackers, or anyone who has your device after it is lost or stolen, could get access to your important information.

That's because these so-called wearable technology devices use detailed GPS logs that contain information on anything from your health information to which ATM you use.

Ken Colburn of the Data Doctors says that you shouldn't be surprised.

"This notion of complete privacy and complete security, those days are long gone," he said.

Colburn isn't worried about wearable technology risks. He says that your smart phone is more of a security risk because it has tons of information and reports its location to your cell phone company every seven seconds.

He says that both smart phones and wearable devices are already equipped with security devices that can protect you.

The capabilities include. "setting up any kind of remote monitoring or tracking of the device so that (you can find them) in case they get lost or stolen, and being able to remotely destroy the information on it. Most of those capabilities are built in to a lot of these devices. You just need to learn how to activate them," Colburn said.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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