(403) 210-2927    Get SUPPORT

OnSite I.T. Blog

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 (403) 210-2927.

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


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Tuesday, September 18 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Business Computing Tech Term Privacy Smartphones Cybersecurity Network Security Malware Cloud Hardware Internet Passwords User Tips Hosted Solutions Communications Wi-Fi Microsoft Communication Data Android Managed IT services Ransomware Google Backup Saving Money Social Media Mobile Devices Collaboration Network Business Intelligence Email Business Management Small Business Applications Software Employer-Employee Relationship Productivity Efficiency Browser Innovation IT Support Blockchain Remote Computing Internet of Things Save Money Data recovery Outsourced IT Data Management Compliance Computers Business Government Managed IT Service Wireless Charging Automation Wireless Analytics Cortana Tech Terms Networking VoIP Artificial Intelligence Data Backup Computer Data Protection Smartphone Information Virtual Assistant IT Services Phishing Cost Management Windows 10 Bandwidth Marketing Data Breach VPN Hackers Patch Management Mobile Device Excel BDR Virtualization Gmail Router Cloud Computing How To e-waste Cables Battery Server Management Miscellaneous Tablet GDPR Server Company Culture User Security Printing HP Websites Twitter Tactics Plug-In HIPAA Data loss Specifications Movies Microsoft Office 365 Spam Apple disposal Telecommuting Voice over Internet Protocol Knowledge Connectivity Storage Technology Tips Managed IT Services Managing Stress Paper Document Management Access Control IT budget Inventory Law Enforcement Telephony Proactive IT Hard Drive Virus Conferencing iPhone Value Workers Lead Generation Streaming Media Dark Web Tip of the week G Suite Online Shopping Network Attached Storage Business Technology Ink Reporting Paperless Office Dongle Office Unified Communications Authentication Mobile Security Maintenance Voice over IP Remote Monitoring and Management Processors Antivirus Millennials Machine Learning Downloads Error Physical Security Backup and Disaster Recovery User Tip Bring Your Own Device Password Apps Safety PowerPoint Medical IT Digital Content Filtering RAM Authorization Operating System File Sharing Internet Explorer Holiday Analysis Vulnerability Staff Gadgets Database Amazon Microsoft Office Trends Laptop SSD Environment Hybrid Cloud Settings Sales Sports SaaS Edge Big Data Microsoft Teams IT Management Threat eCommerce Managed Service Spyware Users Chrome Cybercrime Workplace Tips WannaCry Telecommute Office 365 Hard Drives Comparison A.I. Touchscreen Facebook Customer Service Search Upgrade Mobile Office Domains Windows 10 Mobile Device Management Regulation Alert Public Speaking Disaster Recovery Two-factor Authentication Presentation Managed Service Provider Lithium-ion battery Augmented Reality Hiring/Firing Printers Tech Support Wireless Technology 5G IBM Fun Productivity Hacker The Internet of Things Budget Remote Monitoring Customer Relationship Management Competition Quick Tips IP Address Website