With the concern for data breaches and hackers gaining access to company servers, there has been a large focus around protecting data on onsite computer servers. This has resulted in mobile apps or devices being overlooked, but the truth is that the use of workplace mobile phones carries the same risk of being targeted by hackers. As this reliance on mobile phones increases, we need to think more about keeping the data stored within safe and take mobile phone data security seriously.
Security issues regarding mobile phone data security
There are common ways that hackers might be able to break mobile phone data security, and it’s easier than you might think. Mobile phones can be hacked in several ways, from leaving it unattended, to not being careful with your passcode. But most commonly for workplace phones, it is software and applications that can pose a danger to your phone’s security.
Mobile phone data security has always been of importance to the everyday person, and more so now that businesses may require their employees to carry with them mobile phones or additional devices. Whilst you can keep your mobile phone out of sight of pickpocketers, hackers are a different malicious threat that you should protect against.
How to be wary of applications (Apps)
Apps often request information about the device being used or about the user, such as email, name and even financial information. These apps will often encourage you to provide more information, such as asking for permission to take more data than what is led on to believe, they will do this by asking you to connect with other social accounts and other clever tactics – these things might include location, microphone, video access etc.
Take the steps to protect mobile phone data security
Workplace smartphones are used to the same degree as workplace computers and more, such as making phone calls, messaging, checking emails, managing online accounts etc. Thus the likeliness of mobile phones being hacked is increasing, so here are some steps to take to ensure high mobile phone data security.
Steps to take:
Use security methods: take the time to set appropriate methods for device security, including using biometric authorisation to enter the device (fingerprint/ facial recognition)
Use encryption tools: mobile phone encryption apps are available for download, these apps encrypt sensitive information being stored on the device. So, in the instance of a mobile device being lost/ stolen, the data becomes more tightly encrypted and harder for hackers to access
Use security software: similar to work computers, mobile devices can have security software installed. This will add another layer of security, making it more work for hackers to get into the device and access data within.
Create device management policies: If personal mobile devices are being used, protocols should be set up to ensure security policies are in place for data protection. This includes app policies, maintaining regular updates.
Need help protecting your data?
DSA Connect specialises in the destruction and erasure of stale, unwanted or unused data to ensure that businesses comply with GDPR rules, including mobile phone data security. It is easy for hackers to access data if it is not properly protected, whether on computers or mobile phones.