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Mobile Phone Security

Can you think of a day without your mobile phone? In the never-ending pursuit of efficiency, our reliance on these miniature CPU’s is directly related to our ability to stay connected – and it grows greater every day. Unfortunately, so do the risks to small and medium sized business for data loss when those devices go missing.

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A recent study by Symantec found the following among small to medium-sized businesses (SMB’s):

  • 39 percent allow employees to use mobile phones without limits
  • 37 percent allow employees to use mobile phones with limits
  • 17 percent have no mobile phone policy
  • 7 percent prohibit mobile phone use completely

The same study estimates that SMB’s (companies with 45 – 499 employees) lose $126,000 annually from lax mobile security, loss and theft. For larger enterprises, they estimate a yearly loss of $429,000.

That’s enough to wipe out a company on hard times.

Luckily, preventing data loss from mobile phones IS possible. Beefing up your mobile phone security requires:

  • A good memory to keep it with you always – products like the ZOMM are helpful in that regard.
  • Turning on the “find my phone” features so that you can locate a phone in the event of a loss, as well as wipe out the phone’s data remotely with an auto-wipe feature.
  • Keep records of any identifying information (serial numbers, date and place of purchase, etc.) These will be needed to help authorities identify a device if a phone is stolen and recovered.
  • Only use Bluetooth features when you need them and are confident you are not prey to hackers nearby who can “eavesdrop” on your device’s sensitive data.
  • Enable the device lock-out or unlock pattern. Many handhelds devices have a setting whereby you can auto restore your phone to factory settings if too many attempts to unlock it occur. Remember to have cloud backup on your phone so it can be restored it quickly in the event the phone is reset. Also note that unlock patterns can be easily guessed if you don’t wipe the smudges from your screen frequently.
  • If no longer using a mobile phone, wipe the data clean and restore to factory settings. That will prevent accidental sharing of sensitive information when phones are recycled are passed along to other users for use.
  • Always have a thoughtful password lock on your screen.

Our last tip, password protection, may seem to be a no-brainer, but it is shocking the popularity of some mobile phone password numbers. According to Time magazine’s Chris Gayoma who was citing an experiment by iOS developer Daniel Amitay, he estimates one in 7 iPhones would be easy to hack the passwords.

Amitay also took at look at mobile phone password popularity. He found that numbers 9, 8, 7 and 6 are least used for passwords, and thereby recommended when choosing your mobile phone password.

The most used numbers for mobile phone passwords? Amitay found that out of 204,508 passwords, these are the top 10 most popular mobile phone passwords:

  1. 1234
  2. 0000
  3. 2580
  4. 1111
  5. 5555
  6. 5683 (spells “love”)
  7. 0852
  8. 2222
  9. 1212
  10. 1998

Also noteworthy are the years 1990 – 2000.

As a mobile phone owner, setting unique entry point password protection can prevent your mobile phone data from falling into the wrong hands. As a business owner, having an employee mobile phone policy in place and enforcing it can save your company significantly, and having a cloud backup of the mobile phone data can save time and prevent data loss in the event of a lost or stolen mobile phone.

 

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