Early this year, we all watched the legal battle between Apple and the FBI unfold about access to the iPhone 5C used in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre. The feud ended, at least temporarily, on March 28 when the FBI withdrew its case from the courts after a third-party managed to unlock the device. With no real resolution provided, additional court cases have popped up surrounding the critical issue of digital privacy, and this month, the Florida Court of Appeals ruled that the government can force an iPhone user to release the passcode to unlock his/her phone.
By Phil Poje | CEO, TechOrchard
These days, consumers of all ages are finding themselves more and more attached to their mobile devices. In fact, recent data shows that nearly 69% of Americans own a smartphone and 42% of adults own a tablet.1,2 Yet with the vast benefits of mobility come an increasing number of security concerns for users. Read on to find out if you’re a culprit of the most common mistakes mobile device users are currently making.
1. Passing on a passcode – Creating a passcode for your device is the easiest and most effective way of protecting your data. If you’ve been passing up this quick fix, stop what you’re doing and implement one on your device now.
2. Ignoring important updates – When security vulnerability is detected on an app or your operating system, developers will issue an update to resolve the issue. Many new apps in particular are released with security flaws, so it’s important to protect yourself and your data. Continue to install updates on your device over time for optimal protection.
3. Mixing business with pleasure – Because our devices often make the transition from home to work and back, many users wind up storing work-related data on an unauthorized device. Yet doing so opens both you and your company up to a data breach. With a $100,000 minimum and $1 million average cost to address, you likely don’t want this kind of mistake on your conscience.
4. Opening the unknown – Hackers are finding new ways of infiltrating mobile devices, including by sending questionable emails and texts. These messages often contain spammy links or encourage you to download risky apps from third-party app stores. If you receive something unfamiliar, just say “no” to avoid exposing your device to malware.
5. Communicating company business – With social media integrated so deeply in our lives, it can be easy to write, text or tweet sensitive information about your company without even realizing it. Though most companies have a social media policy of some type in place to avoid these issues, inadvertently sharing pertinent company data can provide a feast for competitors.
6. Going EMM commando – Many companies and their IT departments understand the critical need for addressing mobility. Yet without implementing an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution to secure employee devices, vulnerability of company data still exists. As a growing number of employees use BYOD (bring your own devices) and corporate-provided devices for business purposes, incorporating EMM in your overall mobile IT strategy is a must.
7. Engaging with public enemy #1 – When you’re out and about, it can be tempting to connect to unsecured, public Wi-Fi networks for a quick Web session. What you may not realize is that you could be giving hackers direct access to your device data if you’re not careful. Rather than selecting just any free Wi-Fi connection, be sure to use the one managed by your favorite coffee shop or restaurant to avoid giving unfriendly onlookers a pass for viewing your device goods.
Need help navigating these security pitfalls on your mobile device? Contact TechOrchard at 913.685.1475 with questions or for more information on setting up an EMM platform that meets your business’s needs.
1 comScore’s U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share, March 2014.
2 Pew Research Center’s Internet Project Omnibus Survey, January 2-5, 2014.