Today’s workforce is more agile than ever, as technology transforms the way we do business. Thanks to Wi-Fi and mobile devices, employees are often encouraged to work from anywhere or carry their own devices in the office. But with this newfound flexibility come new risks.
While many companies are making the transition to mobile devices, so are cybercriminals. Here are some reasons why insidious hackers are specifically attracted to mobile devices and what you can do to isolate yourself from this growing threat.
Unsecured Wi-Fi: Remote employees love it free barking, but many are not fully aware of the risks of joining an unknown relationship. Cyber eavesdroppers can often steal information during transit through insecure Wi-Fi connections, even if the data is being sent to a secure network. Particularly cunning hackers can even create a fake hotspot to attract unsuspecting users and hijack their most valuable data. Don’t associate “work from anywhere” with “work from any connection!”
If you want to connect to the Internet safely and privately, update your Wi-Fi settings to block open sharing with other devices. Consider using a Virtual private network or VPN to make your public connection personal. Finally, turn off your Wi-Fi connection when you’re not using it. This will reduce the time that hackers can break into your firewall.
Trojan horse apps: It’s sad to say that many of the custom apps available for download in the app store are downright dangerous – either because they aren’t protected or malicious. Phony flashlight and calculator applications, for example, is known to contain spyware that tracks keystrokes or phone calls to the user and can even be used to eavesdrop on their conversations or to sell personal information to advertisers.
Mobile application security depends on a sharp eye and a warlike thumb. If an app doesn’t look right, don’t click on it. Don’t just trust reviews, watch out for grammatical or spelling mistakes, unnecessary permissions, or applications that eat up a significant amount for no apparent reason. Pay attention to these red flags to better protect the security of your mobile application.
Losing your phone: It seems too obvious, but one of the easiest ways to open up to digital infiltration is to leave your phone in a public place. If you have not locked your device with a PIN or password, just one swipe is enough. Does your phone or tablet connect to your email, social media, banking and boxing services? Too bad, because the intelligent hacker will have no problem stealing your identity, locking up your social pages, vandalizing your finances, and transferring your business data to God knows where.
Remember that protecting your phone means taking precautions before you lose it. Always lock your devices with a PIN, password, or fingerprint. Although not perfect, it may be enough to discourage some thieves. Download device locator or remote wiping applications to protect your information from the wrong hands.
Mobile phishing and counterfeiting: Most hackers prefer to use tried and true methods and no attack is more common than phishing attacks. While phishing scams are still used to pass personal account information and login credentials through spam emails and fake login pages, some cybercriminals have updated their mobile-era techniques.
Beware of SMS or text messages containing web links from unknown sources. You may jeopardize the security of your mobile application. The same can be said for social media sites as a hidden masked cyber swindler as a known user or company. If you are unsure of a connection, avoid it or notify your sender in person to avoid a crash.
Digital intrusion protection is not only important for your own security, but also for the safety of your business, your customers and your partners. Protect your mobile devices using the tips above and find out about upcoming threats. After all, the world of mobile security is still in fierce competition with hackers and cybercriminals around the world.