Smartphones have become an integral part of daily life, both personally and professionally. But their use is not risk-free.
One in three organizational data breaches are caused by a mobile device, so it is essential that all organizations develop a strong focus on mobile security.
Facial recognition or a strong pin might be enough to keep things safe from general threats, but it isn’t enough to keep mobile devices safe from cybercriminals trying to steal sensitive data.
The Numbers Speak for Themselves
Mobile devices are responsible for over 70% of online fraud. According to Statista, there are about 15 billion mobile devices in the world and one in 36 mobile devices have a high-risk app (apps that have a high number of downloads, making them prime targets of hackers) installed on them. That means 450 million devices are potential victims of cyberattacks. Users must be cautious about the kind of information they have stored on their smartphones.
Mobile Security Under Attack
With the increasing number of remote workers, mobile security needs to be a top priority for corporate security teams. Employees now routinely access company data on smartphones through emails and business communication platforms.
Mobile devices are convenient to use on the go, but that means sensitive company data is always vulnerable to attack. Here are some of the biggest threats to mobile security that employees can avoid:
- Unsecured/Public Wi-Fi Networks: Connecting to open, unsecured Wi-Fi networks is a bad idea. Doing so could allow anyone to spy on a user’s activity, so users must never access information such as company, banking or even credit card information on such networks.
- Weak Passwords: Do not use easily remembered passwords or those with personal, easy guessable significance, especially if the mobile devices contain both business and personal accounts.
- Data Leaks: When users download an app, they’re prompted to allow various device permissions which often send data to remote servers. This data is often shared with advertisers to analyze user behavior, making an easy target for cybercriminals.
- Gaps in…