When considering cybersecurity, remember to include your phone

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The information stored in our phones is highly valuable and confidential. It includes financial data, personal messages, banking applications, photos, and contact details. Additionally, if your team utilizes their phones for work purposes, they have direct access to company systems such as email, contact lists, network access, and file systems. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain the same level of security for phones as any other device in the workplace to prevent them from becoming a significant vulnerability in your cybersecurity.

It’s a well-known fact that cybercriminals target us not only through our networks and servers but also through our phones. Cybercrime is not the only concern, as losing or having your phone stolen can also pose a huge risk to your data. Therefore, whether you provide company smartphones or your employees use their own, it’s important to ensure that everyone takes some basic security measures to safeguard your data and prevent any potential disasters.

Here are a few tips to safeguard the data on your phones:

 

  • Ensure that your team creates a PIN and uses biometric login such as face scan or fingerprint to access the device.
  • Install apps only from reliable sources to ensure authenticity.
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication on all apps that store even a small amount of sensitive data.
  • Be cautious when connecting to Wi-Fi, particularly in public places, and consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for an additional layer of security. You never know who might be monitoring traffic on a public network.
  • Always ensure that your phone’s operating software is up-to-date and keep all apps updated.

 

The impact of smartphones on our personal and professional lives is immense, but it’s often overlooked. Neglecting their security can lead to significant consequences. To ensure the safety of your smartphones, feel free to contact us at (512) 960-2744.

 

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