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Problems with Storing Data on Your Mobile Phone

smartphoneIt is amazing what mobile phones are capable of today. The ability to speak with another person on a device that was not connected to a stationary cord was once a marvel of modern technology.

These days, it seems that telephone functionality is one of the least common uses for a mobile device. Instead, people use the Internet, listen to music, watch videos, connect with others through social media and store important personal and business information.

As useful as they are, and as much as we operate our mobile phones and devices, there are problems that come with storing data.

The Threat of Theft – or Forgetfulness

One of the most common causes of information from mobile phones and devices getting into the wrong hands is theft. Today, phones are expensive and trendy accessories that hold a lot of value. For that reason, mobile phones and devices can be an easy target for thieves. This includes those who will go out of their way to take your phone from you, or if they come across your phone should you leave it somewhere.

Not only could you be out a couple of hundred of dollars, which is a common price for many of today’s smartphones, a thief could use your phone to commit even more crimes. Our phones carry a lot of personal information, including contact information of friends, loved ones and business associates as well as personal or company financial information. Not only should you pay attention to where you leave your phone, but you should also be very careful about what information you store on it.

You Could Be at Risk of a Virus or Hacking

One of the things many people do not think about is the virus risk that comes with mobile devices. While we commonly take measures to protect our personal or business computers from such harmful danger, we often leave our phones unguarded.

Similarly, our phones are often targets for hackers. There is a lot of valuable information stored on phones. With the advancement of technology, many people use mobile phones and devices for banking, and other forms of communication, where sensitive information is shared. Today, many people use their cell phones to conduct business, and carry email and social media functions associated with a company. You may also have important proprietary information that others could steal.

Whether someone has a grudge against you, or you are the random victim of a hacker, you could be subject to everything from embarrassment to financial ruin or legal action if a hacker gets to your cell phone. While some mobile devices are more susceptible to viruses and only digital predators, it is important for everyone to be careful about how exactly you use your phone.

Protect Yourself From a Mobile Phone Data Breach

One of the easiest ways to save yourself the trouble of dealing with a data breach is to keep sensitive material off of your device. However, because of society today and the ease in which a mobile device allows you to conduct matters of business and a personal nature, that is unlikely.

Yet, there are some other ways you can protect yourself. DLP (data leakage prevention) and MDM/MIM (mobile device/information management) provide some protection through limiting distribution of sensitive information. Your device may be able to erase data should it be lost or stolen. Encrypt it and store it elsewhere, or prevent important information from being copied, depending on the level of protection you seek.

Still, the best form of protection is to use your phone wisely because losing sensitive information can lead to terrible consequences.

Sources:

http://www.scmagazine.com/storage-is-risky-on-mobile-devices/article/293345/

http://ist.mit.edu/security/mobile_devices