Mobile Phones : An IT Security Risk in Your Pocket

Your Smartphone Is a Security Risk

Your smartphone is a powerful tool that you use for work, personal, and entertainment purposes. But it also poses a cyber security risk if you don’t protect it from hackers, malware, and data breaches.

But did you know that it can also be a huge security risk?

If a hacker gets their hands on your smartphone, they could access sensitive data, such as your work emails, financial information, and passwords.

They could also use your phone to spread malware or track your location.

You may be thinking ‘But how is this a security risk?’.

Well, you and your colleagues probably use your smartphones to look at work emails and other data.

Which a hacker would love to get hold of and try to make money from.

How Smartphones Are a Security Risk

There are a number of ways that hackers can get access to your smartphone, including:

  • Losing or having your phone stolen. If your phone is lost or stolen, anyone who finds it could access your data if it is not encrypted.
  • Using a public WiFi network. Public WiFi networks are often unsecured, which means that hackers can easily intercept your data if you are not using a VPN.
  • Downloading a malicious app. There are many malicious apps available on the app store, so it is important to be careful about what apps you download.

Luckily, there’s something you can do to greatly reduce your chances of having information compromised.

How to Protect Your Smartphone

There are a number of things you can do to protect your smartphone from hackers, including:

  • Encrypt your phone. Encryption scrambles your data so that it cannot be read by anyone without the password.
  • Use two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication requires you to enter a code from your phone in addition to your password when you log in to a website or app.
  • Install a VPN. A VPN encrypts your traffic when you are using a public WiFi network, making it more difficult for hackers to intercept your data.
  • Be careful about what apps you download. Only download apps from trusted sources and read the reviews before you download.

With internet privacy and cybersecurity being big issues right now – and we don’t see them getting smaller anytime soon – encryption helps you keep sensitive data out of dangerous hands.

Businesses know about the threat and consequences of a data breach.

However, you shouldn’t be any less vigilant when using their websites.

Always check these have a secret sockets layer (SSL), and a green padlock icon and S in the ‘https://’.

These are basic security benchmarks.

Hacking has become a huge industry.

No matter how big or small your company is, hackers will try to breach your security if there’s a profit for them in it.

Sometimes their methods are technical, other times not.

Staying Safe in 2023

The threat of cyberattacks is constantly evolving, so it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security threats.

  1. Keep your software up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help to protect your phone from known vulnerabilities.
  2. Be careful about what information you share online. Don’t share your passwords or other sensitive information on social media or other public forums.
  3. Use a strong password for your phone. Your password should be at least 12 characters long and include a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  4. Be aware of phishing scams. Phishing emails and text messages often try to trick you into clicking on a malicious link or providing your personal information.

Don’t click on links in emails or text messages from senders you don’t know.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your smartphone safe from hackers and protect your sensitive data.

Speedster IT offers a variety of solutions to help businesses secure their company data against the threat of internal staff using their own personal devices on a network.

These solutions include:

  • Mobile device management (MDM): MDM solutions allow businesses to manage and secure mobile devices that are used to access corporate data. This includes features such as remote wipe, application control, and password enforcement.
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) security policies: BYOD security policies define the rules and regulations that govern how employees can use their personal devices to access corporate data. These policies should include requirements for device encryption, password complexity, and security software.
  • Network segmentation: Network segmentation is the practice of dividing a network into smaller, isolated segments. This helps to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data by isolating it from other parts of the network.
  • Data loss prevention (DLP): DLP solutions help to prevent sensitive data from being leaked or exfiltrated from a network. These solutions can be used to monitor network traffic, block suspicious activity, and encrypt sensitive data.

Speedster IT can help businesses assess their current security posture and implement the appropriate solutions to protect their company data from internal threats.

In addition to the solutions mentioned above, Speedster IT can also help businesses with the following:

  • Employee training: Speedster IT can provide employee training on security best practices, such as how to create strong passwords, avoid phishing emails, and report suspicious activity.
  • Vulnerability scanning: Speedster IT can scan a business’s network for vulnerabilities that could be exploited by internal or external threats.
  • Incident response: Speedster IT can help businesses develop and implement an incident response plan in the event of a data breach.

By implementing these solutions, businesses can help to protect their company data from the threat of internal staff using their own personal devices on a network.

If you are concerned about your business security, please get in touch with Speedster IT today.

We can help you assess your current security posture and implement the appropriate solutions to protect your company data from internal threats.