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Understanding Security Risks of Mobile Devices

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Understanding Security Risks of Mobile Devices

In today’s technologically advanced world, we rely heavily on our mobile devices to make calls, send and receive emails, access the internet, listen to music and more. With the availability of smartphones and tablets, we can perform all of these activities anywhere, at any time.

While mobile devices bring convenience and increased productivity to your employees, have you ever considered the security risks that come along with laptops, smartphones and tablets? The growing trend and popularity of mobile devices in the workplace has also created a range of security risks and challenges in terms of securing corporate networks and data. There are many security risks associated with business mobile devices and it is crucial that you understand what they are so you can protect the valuable information of your business.

The following are some of the most common security threats that occur as a result of employees using business mobile devices:

  • Apps and Email Viruses: Your employees use their mobile devices for a variety of activities, all which can increase their risk for viruses. Your employees become vulnerable to viruses in email attachments, SMS texts and apps which could give an unknown third-party access to your entire network and all of its data. In addition, these viruses could easily destroy your entire operating system.
  • Stolen or Lost Mobile Devices: Most of your employees carry a wealth of information on their mobile devices and take their mobile device wherever they go. This increases the chance that the device could be lost or stolen. If either of these situations occurs, their personal data, as well as data important to your business could be at risk and in the wrong hands.
  • Disgruntled Employees with Company Mobile Devices: Unfortunately, unhappy employees that leave your business are also a security threat. Many have company mobile devices or personal smartphones and tablets with important information and passwords which they can leak or use to harm the business.

Taking Proactive Measures to Protect Data on Mobile Devices

Businesses that rely heavily on their mobile devices to communicate and share data must proactive measures to secure their mobile devices from security risks. From mobile device monitoring to strengthening network security, there are a variety of ways in which you can safeguard your important information. If you are worried about the security of your business’ data, contact Syndeo Communications today. We specialize in San Diego IT solutions for businesses and can help with mobile device, email and network security. We offer free consultations and have a team of expert Mac and PC specialists who will be able to you design a comprehensive security plan, no matter what mobile devices you are using.