Jun 25, 2015-
No matter what smartphone or tablet you and your business use – whether it’s an Apple or Android device – you’re vulnerable to attack by hackers.
“Your smartphone could have serious security flaws,” warned a report by CNET in 2015.
“Three separate research groups revealed app security flaws that could turn Apple and Samsung devices into cyberintruders’ playthings – allowing them to take control of your phones’ cameras, microphones and GPS while stealing all your personal information and listening to your phone calls,” wrote Laura Hautala.
The problem takes on onerous consequences as, increasingly, mobile devices are preferred over PCs by digital users.
In accommodating consumers – including banks and other retailers – there are two challenges: Protect customers’ payment data and make it convenient to pay online.
Use of mobile devices has increased in the workplace, too. This has spread to many workplaces as BYOD (bring your own device) has become prevalent.
Again, you’re not safe from cyber attacks just because you use a smartphone other than an iPhone or Samsung.
In all devices, hackers are seemingly winning the war.
“A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology and the Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany found that a host of apps available for all phones use faulty security protocols that could compromise your personal data,” asserts Ms. Hautala.
Countless red flags
More than half — 53 percent — of surveyed global businesses admit they’re not ready to defend against attacks on their employees’ BYOD devices.
Additionally, nearly all say their devices might have been attacked, according to a 2014 study. The study’s conclusions prompted me to write: Do BYOD Headaches Outweigh Benefits? Yes.
“Mobile has become an essential aspect of almost every business, and an astonishing 132 million people around the world use their smartphones at work,” adds Leigh-Ann Carroll, a marketing executive at Neon SMS (www.neonsms.ie).
Ms. Carroll underscores the mobile-security problem.
“Security risks and data breaches are growing while traditional computer usage is shrinking and mobile use is on the rise,” she says.
To help you manage mobile threats, her company provides the following infographic:
From the Coach’s Corner, here are more mobile-device security tips:
9 Precautions in Training Employees to Protect You from Cyber Crime — It takes a team approach to protect your organization against the skyrocketing rate of cyber crime. Here are nine training precautions necessary to make sure your employees help you guard against security threats.
Secure Your Android from Viruses and Malware with 5 Tips — Hopefully, you haven’t had the nightmarish inconvenience on your Android from viruses and malware, which have plagued many users. Countless headlines detail the cyber dangers associated with Android-based devices. Don’t for a second assume you’d be safer with an iPhone.
Security Steps for Your Mobile Device in Online Banking, Purchases — Almost 90 percent of Americans use a cell phone and more than 50 percent have smartphones, according to published reports. They also indicate 28 percent of smartphone owners use their devices for online banking.
Identity Fraud Escalates in Smartphones, Social Media — Skyrocketing mobile malware threats amid widespread use of BYOD, bring your own devices, were on track for a $1.88 billion services market. That’s according to ABI Research. Cybercriminals are successfully attacking vulnerabilities in individual devices and networks to an ABI report.
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