Companies such as Apple, Samsung and others have turned mobile devices into mini-computers. They serve as a substitute for your laptop or as a storage device. If you’re using a smartphone as a communications and storage device, backing up now would be a wise move.
Malware on mobile
More than two-thirds of the world’s population uses a mobile phone with internet connection. As such, the dangers in these handy devices are to be expected. Scarier than the thought of being offline is being online and exposed to malware.
If you use your mobile devices as extensions of your work computers, backing them up is a must. Mobile phones have become as vulnerable to malware as laptops and desktops are. This is especially true as many professionals and business owners use them for emailing confidential documents and storing business-critical files.
Malware isn’t the only disaster that can hurt your smartphone. Because you carry it wherever you go, your device can easily be stolen, misplaced, or damaged. They may be easily replaceable, but the data they contain is not. Here are some security threats to look out for:
- Data leakage
Something as simple as transferring files onto a public cloud storage service could compromise your business. Another seemingly simple example is pasting confidential information in the wrong place. According to specialist insurance provider Beazley, “unintended disclosure” accounted for 41% of data breaches reported by healthcare organizations during the first three quarters of 2017.
- Social engineering
Tricking people online into handing over their personal and financial data is no longer confined to desktops. This trend is already happening on mobile devices. In a report by IBM, it was found out that users are three times more vulnerable to fall for phishing attacks on mobile devices compared to desktops. This is because phones are where people will most likely see a message first. This makes them a popular attack vector by cybercriminals.
- Wi-Fi interference
When we connect our devices to public Wi-Fi networks, we are putting critical information at risk. According to Wandera, nearly a quarter of devices in 2017 connected to potentially insecure networks where someone anonymously intercepts communication between two parties.
- Out-of-date devices
A vast majority of manufacturers, most particularly on the Android front, are ineffective at providing updates for their devices. This can inconvenience end users because it exposes them to the many threats lurking online.
- Physical device breaches
While this may seem unlikely for some, lost or unattended devices can still become a major security risk. This is particularly true if they are not employing proper security measures such as PIN codes and encryption.
Performing backups on iOS and Android devices is a quick and painless process. For example, companies that use Office 365 or Google’s G Suite enable company-wide backup settings from a single dashboard. Apple’s backup settings usually need to be configured on each device, but it’s a pretty simple process.
There are also robust third-party options to back up all your organization’s mobile devices. The best of these are cloud backup services that sync devices and back up contacts, photos, videos, and other critical files in one neat system. These mobile backup tools are offered on monthly or lifetime subscription schemes, which provides small businesses with enough flexibility to ensure long-term protection.
Our experts can provide practical advice on security for your business’s computers and mobile devices. Call us to ask about mobile backup and other security solutions today.