Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) techniques are currently the de facto approach for increasing the capacity and reliability of communication systems. Spatial modulation (SM) is presently one of the most eminent MIMO techniques. As, it combines the advantages of having higher spectral efficiency than repetition coding (RC) while overcoming the inter-channel interference (ICI) faced by spatial multiplexing (SMP). Moreover, SM reduces system complexity. In this paper, for the first time in literature, the use of MIMO techniques is explored in Internet-of-Things(IoT) deployments by introducing a novel technique called security aware spatial modulation (SA-SM).SA-SM provides a low complexity, secure and spectrally efficient technique that harvests the advantages of SM, while facing the arising security concerns of IoT systems. Using an undemanding modification at the receiver, SA-SM gives an extra degree of technology independent physical layer security. Our results show that SA-SM forces the bit-error-rate (BER) of an eavesdropper to not exceed the range of 10-2, which is below the forward-error-correction (FEC) threshold. Hence, it eradicates the ability of an eavesdropper to properly decode the transmitted signal. Additionally, the efficiency of SA-SM is verified in both the radio and visible light ranges. Furthermore, SA-SM is capable of reducing the peak-to-average-power-ratio (PAPR) by 26.2%.