Contact us today!  (512) 494-6978
2 minutes reading time (487 words)

You May be Losing More than You Think with a Misplaced Phone

You May be Losing More than You Think with a Misplaced Phone

Does your skin crawl with the thought of what would happen if you lose track of your smartphone? These days, a lot of users keep a plethora of personal information on their mobile devices, which makes a loss all the more dangerous for them. How can you make sure that your mobile device doesn’t accidentally become a treasure trove of information for any hackers or thieves who might try to steal it?

It all starts by being cognizant of which information you could be putting at risk. Here is a list of information that you’ll have to be wary of storing on your mobile devices whenever possible. You might be surprised by how much you could accidentally store without realizing it!

  • Payment information: Your applications might contain information about payment methods, such as credit card numbers or bank account numbers. If this information is stolen, hackers can swipe all of your hard-earned assets.
  • Passwords and Usernames: Your device’s web browser likely has some usernames and passwords stored on it, even if you’ve done so accidentally. Any usernames and passwords stored on your device can be used to gain access to apps and accounts that could hold an incredible amount of data, all ripe for the picking.
  • Application Data: Since you’re using your mobile device to access various applications, any information that you’re storing in these applications will be at risk in the event of a lost device. Even applications that are locked behind login screens with usernames and passwords can be cracked if the application stores your password and username information.
  • Cloud Storage Access: If you have access to a cloud storage system on your device, any data stored on it can be accessed by anyone in possession of your device. This means that any company data that’s shared with your device’s account will be exposed to anyone using your device--even if it’s not you.
  • Social Media Accounts: Your social media applications generally store your username and password so that logging in is as easy as possible. While this is great from a user standpoint, it’s also perfect for hackers or thieves who have stolen your device. They can use your device to access your social media accounts and impersonate you for a variety of misdeeds--and that’s not even mentioning any information found on your account.
  • Email: We keep a lot of sensitive information in our email inboxes, it’s a fact of life. If this gets into the wrong hands, you’ll have a lot of trouble on your hands.
  • Contacts: This is the big one. The email addresses and contact information for all of your contacts, both business and personal, has a lot of value to the bad guys.

With all of this in mind, it’s critical that your company take measures to secure mobile devices--particularly those that contain or have access to your business’ assets. To learn more about how you can protect your mobile device and your data, reach out to us at (512) 494-6978.

Tech Term: Spam
Are Your Employees Equipped for Effective Remote W...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, June 23 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code

Tag Cloud

Artificial Intelligence Tip of the Week Spam Smart Technology Phone System Virus Telecommuting Copy Outsourced IT Current Events Tech Term Efficiency Applications Spam Blocking Business Intelligence Staffing Staff IT Support Office Hosted Solutions Managing Stress Business Continuity disposal SSD Telephone Systems Operating System Printing Cost Management Password Threat Paperless Office Tech Terms Inventory Business Employer-Employee Relationship Connectivity Hardware Privacy Voice over IP Twitter Email Telecommute Vulnerability Settings HIPAA Hard Drives Managed IT Server Management Gmail Ink CrashOverride Sales Hackers Communication Managed IT Services Movies Websites Business Management Trends e-waste Hybrid Cloud Data Backup Hiring/Firing Sports Email Management Cybersecurity Remote Monitoring Battery Microsoft Innovation IT Services Wi-Fi Managed IT Services Antivirus WiFi Communications Worker IT budget Save Money Live Streaming Apps The Internet of Things Windows 10 Government How To iPhone Remote Computing VPN Virtual Assistant Hosted Solution Network Attached Storage Multi-Factor Security Printers Database Value Passwords App Google Drive Bring Your Own Device Wireless Charging Miscellaneous Patch Management Internet Explorer User Security Analytics Microsoft Office G Suite Safety Paste Dongle BYOD Shortcut Hard Drive Word Edge Saving Money Congratulations Licensing Net Neutrality Internet Gadgets Education Server BDR User Tips Content Filtering Browser eCommerce Information Technology Router Physical Security Laptop Environment Millennials Network Security WannaCry Downloads Gadget Excel Access Control Knowledge Ransomware Chrome Cables Best Practices Mobile Security Automobile Processors Emergency Business Technology Paper Law Enforcement Mobile Devices Cloud Computing Google Maps Data loss Smartphones Office 365 Phishing Workers Biometrics Tip of the week Computers Malware Voice over Internet Protocol Holiday Big Data Managed IT Service News Conferencing Technology Tips Disaster Recovery Telephony Data Management VoIp Collaboration Tactics Lead Generation Telephone System Thank You Files Alert WhatsApp User Tip RAM Mobile Device Management Virtualization Company Culture HP Two-factor Authentication Marketing File Sharing PowerPoint Remote Control Recovery Internet of Things Access Spyware Smartphone Networking Social Media WIndows 10 Data Protection Comparison Small Business Cybercrime Bandwidth Security Botnet Automation Cleaning Technology VoIP Tablet Remote Support Cortana Unified Communications Data Recovery Machine Learning Budget Microsoft Teams Printer Dark Web Entertainment Politics Facebook Blockchain Streaming Media A.I. Online Shopping Retail Data Breach Business Computing Productivity Scam Tech Support Specifications Data IT Management Apple Android Software Backup Digital Computer Document Management Website Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Google IT Support Credit Cards Printer Server Windows Maintenance Wireless Travel