An artist created a device that will emit a warning scent to alert users when their data is at risk

Technology artist Leanne Wijnsma is creating a device that will let users literally smell when their data is in danger of being breached. Humans have long relied on their olfactory senses to alert them to danger, but modern day dangers that happen online don't trigger any sensory warnings.

Enter the Smell of Data: the device is a scent dispenser (charged with a distinctive Smell of Data scent that the artist is currently developing) that connects to your laptop, smartphone or tablet. When you visit an unprotected website on an unsecured Wi-Fi network or Hotspot, the device will emit a puff of warning scent. While the Smell of Data can't help secure your data, it does offer tips on how to better protect your privacy.

Smell of Data

Technology artist Leanne Wijnsma is creating a device that will let users literally smell when their data is in danger of being breached. Humans have long relied on their olfactory senses to alert them to danger, but modern day dangers that happen online don't trigger any sensory warnings.

Enter the Smell of Data: the device is a scent dispenser (charged with a distinctive Smell of Data scent that the artist is currently developing) that connects to your laptop, smartphone or tablet. When you visit an unprotected website on an unsecured Wi-Fi network or Hotspot, the device will emit a puff of warning scent. While the Smell of Data can't help secure your data, it does offer tips on how to better protect your privacy.