Imagine: you’re at a restaurant, and without realizing it, you left your phone in your car. No problem—it’s locked. When you walk out, you discover that the window of your car has been smashed and your phone is gone! The next day, you discover someone has accessed your email and forwarded several sensitive attachments to a Yahoo account. Now you have an even bigger problem. However, it doesn’t stop there. A few weeks later, your paycheck is late. It turns out that a hacker used a password from your mobile device to login and change your direct deposit information, so your paycheck was sent to a criminal.
The world is re-opening and people are again on-the-go. Whether you are traveling to a local restaurant or an exotic location, it’s important to keep your mobile devices safe. A recent survey found that 33% of mobile devices are lost or stolen when the user is on-the-go. In addition, criminals are targeting mobile phones 77% of the time, with laptops accounting for only 19% of mobile device thefts.
These days, mobile devices frequently contain both sensitive personal information as well as organizational data and access. In fact, Verizon’s 2021 Mobile Security Index Report found that nearly one in four companies experienced a mobile device-related compromise. Today’s savvy criminals know that your phone is more than an expensive gadget—it can be used to access your sensitive work data, bank accounts, and more.
As you venture out for work or pleasure, make sure to keep a close eye on your mobile devices. Don’t let criminals ruin your day. Here are easy tips to stay connected and protect your organization from the risks of mobile device theft when you are on-the-go.
Your First-Line of Defense – Restrict Access
Use a strong PIN or passcode on every device. Best practices vary depending on what the device supports, but in general:
Use a longer passcode (i.e., six instead of four digits).
An alphanumeric code is even stronger
Lock the screen on your device when it’s not in use.
Don’t write down your passwords and take them with you – or store them with your device.
Make sure your device is encrypted so that no one can access your data even if your device falls into the wrong hands.
Many modern devices include built-in encryption by default. If you’re not sure that your device is encrypted, ask your IT team for help!