Smart Phone Risks


Did you know that your Smart Phone is the target for phishingand malware attacks? Over 70% of adultusers connect to the web with mobile phones and 65% send and receive emailmessages. These email messages contain links to malicious websites and the usercannot see the web URL. Smart phones users are 3x times more likely to give upa username and password.


If you have a smart phone, make sure that you are puttinganti-virus and malware protection on it. Also make sure that you do not clickon web links with your smart phone.


Also, smart phones can easily be swiped and have malwareplaced on them. Make sure if you have sensitive data on it that you put apassword on it. If you lose the device and find it again, I would suggestwiping it and starting over. You cannot be sure if someone put something onyour phone to capture a username and password.


If you are an enterprise, a Mobile Device Management suiteMDM would be a wise investment. If someone loses a device, it can be remotelywiped and you can put some sort of security policy on the device.


Finally, a good user education program is important to make sure that users understand the risk and hopefully be able to identify the risk in the future.

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