In today’s world almost everyone has a personal smartphone or tablet that they carry with them. These devices have become a handy wallet for all types of personal, financial, and social data, commonly used in our daily lives. Whether it is a smartphone or tablet, an Android or an iPhone, apps to provide us with access to banking, social networking, network storage, cloud storage, email, contacts, calendars, etc are all very common and easily downloaded.
In the midst of our smartphone generation, we can lose perspective of how vulnerable we can be when one of these devices ends up in the wrong hands, especially an unsecured device. With the cost of these devices exceeding $600.00 or more, smartphone and tablet thefts across the nation are on the rise. The impact would be more damaging if your personal or financial apps are left unsecured and wide open for access. Below is an excerpt from a recent news release:
To determine exactly what happens to a lost phone, a computer security firm recently set up and “lost” 50 smartphones in the US and Canada and tracked the actions taken on those phones. What they found:
- On 57% of the phones a file named “saved passwords” was accessed
- 60% checked the owner’s email or social media
- 72% looked at photos
- 43% attempted to use an app called “online banking”
Even more disconcerting, only 50 percent of the people attempted to return the phone despite the “owner’s” name being listed in the contact information.
Source ~ ATLANTA, Ga. (PRWEB) September 03, 2012
Professionals from all enterprises also use smartphones and or tablets in day to day business transactions. This includes doctors, lawyers, bankers, and numerous other administrators who have access to business critical, personal and financial data maintained by the institution they are employed withfrom their institution.
To protect your professional reputation, as well as your employer's data:
- Use a sign-on password to access your smartphone or tablet and change frequently.
- Use complicated passwords for any vulnerable apps that are downloaded and change frequently.
- Purchase and use security software on your smartphone or tablet. This will assist in preventing and eliminating viruses, spyware and malware.
- Activate locating software (Find My iPhone/iPad) on your device.
- If your smartphone or tablet is stolen, you should report it to the local law enforcement authority.
- In addition to your device being stolen, and/or if you have apps on your smartphone or tablet which contain banking or SS information and have reason to believe they were compromised, you should strongly consider contacting the three credit reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) to file a 90 day fraud alert on credit reports from these agencies.