Christopher Lentz | July 23, 2014 08:00 AM
The mobile device saves us all a lot of time and keeps us connected to our friends, family, and work in an instant. However, there is one sacrifice for all that convenience that is just a bit scarier than people let out. Next to a WEP WiFi network, your mobile device is one of the most susceptible pieces of equipment in your possession.
Many mobile devices have numerous vulnerabilities that are compounded by install certain software from each vendors app store. A malicious app can then target your work data, contacts, and attachments and send those to a would be attacker. Most users also fail to implement basic security features for their mobile devices like a swipe pattern or passcode for opening the device. If you are one of those people, I suggest making that change right now. No seriously...I'll wait. There...don't you feel better now?! It may feel like an inconvenience until you lose your device and wish you had it in place.
First, you should always have some sort of Antivirus/Antimalware software on your device no matter which manufacturer you have (Yes, this includes you iPhone users). Next, ensure that you have a swipe pattern or passcode to access the device. Then, if you are using Microsoft Exchange for your email, be sure that your administrator has set up Remote Wipe features to wipe your data in case of loss or theft. Finally, be sure you have some sort of backup set up for your phone either through iCloud or some other means.
Your mobile phone doesn't have to be a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. Take the right precautions and it can be a handy, and fairly secure, way of performing your everyday email, calling, and messaging tasks.