Mobile initiatives are a top priority for many organizations as research shows that increases in mobility help improve operations and productivity. However, increases in organizational mobility typically result in an increase in the number of mobile devices that are accessing your systems from remote locations. This means there are a growing variety of endpoints and threats that need to be secured in order to protect your organization from a data breach. Below are the most common examples of mobile threats, as well as steps you can take to protect yourself from them.
- Fake / Malicious Applications
- Apps that masquerade as one thing – perhaps a cool widget or a fun game, but request too many permissions from you and harvest private data that is unnecessary for the app’s operation.
- Some of the techniques used to identify and detect phishing on your computer don’t work on a mobile device. Be extra wary when evaluating eMails before you click.
- Access from Lock Screen
- Many apps and communication tools give access to your data from the lock screen. While this is a convenience, it’s also a risk if your device is lost or stolen. Consider disabling this feature.