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Why Older May Be Better When It Comes to Mobile Security

We live in a day and age where we consider everything that is new to be better than the old. However, this might not be true when it comes to dealing with mobile security.

Older mobile phone technology worked more like a traditional phone and less like a small computer, like today’s smart phone electronics. As a result, many individuals are simply having their older phones refurbished, instead of obtaining the latest electronic technology, to take advantage of the mobile security of their older cell phone.

“There’s no school like the old school”

To an untrained eye, it might appear as though the individual with an old phone is leaving their valuable information open to others. However, older phone technology helps to conceal valuable information, including missed calls, even when others go to great length to grab that valuable data. As a result, anyone can thoroughly inspect the cell phone to their heart’s content and never actually see any missed calls or locate hidden information.

In direct contrast to an older phone, new smart phone technology works more like a small computer. Anytime any information including contacts, missed calls, text messages or other information is deleted or erased, it is never really gone. Like a hard drive on a laptop or desktop, the information is simply shifted to another part of the disk, freeing up the area and making it appear as though the data is gone.

In addition, the old Blackberry technology encrypted all the phone information including emails making it virtually impossible to read, hack, or steal without proper access. As a result, deleting information on an old Blackberry cell phone really did erase the information permanently.

This is not to suggest that all information from a Blackberry is 100% gone once it has been deleted. If the old cell phone was tied to a desktop or laptop, it may have backed up that information and might be stored on the computer’s hard drive.

Mobile VPNs

Even mobile VPNs are generally unsafe when making a connection. This is because the devices that it syncs to might eventually lead to low level security concerns, such as gaining access to an unsecured Wi-Fi network. It may be that the connecting Wi-Fi increases the risk potential by bypassing WEP and WPA security.

This problem is so prevalent that many companies have turned to mobile authentication as a way to protect against fraud or unauthorized access into the files, folders, apps, email and text messages found on a new smart phone.

BYOD Issues

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has made things significantly more challenging to an individual that wants to protect their smart phone information from others. Many companies have incorporated a BYOD policy within the business to allow individuals to use their own smart phone technology to connect to the company server. While this option might offer many advantages of allowing an individual to have access to files, folders and confidential data, it also puts colleagues at risk of being hacked by associates.

Because of this, many individuals are simply using their old cell phone technology instead of using an updated smart phone. This helps him sidestep the obvious pitfalls of allowing others to gain access into a private smart phone to look at emails, text messages and confidential private information.

Surrendering information without knowing it is a serious issue that needs to be considered when dealing with mobile security. It could potentially compromise personal information and even put the company at potential risk. To be 100% sure that deleted messages are actually deleted and that the valuable, confidential information has been erased, many individuals choose to hang onto their old cell phone technology in lieu of modern electronics.

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