The dangers of mobile devices in a remote world

Do you often check your phone for notifications? Are you reading this article from your phone? If your answer to both of these questions was “yes,” don’t be surprised. Mobile devices have become a massive part of our daily routine. Americans spend an average screen time of 5.4 hours on their mobile phones daily, according to a Techujury.

As the pandemic remains a significant reality, remote work does not seem to be disappearing anytime soon. More people are on their phones, laptops, and tablets accessing work data, personal data, and everything in between from wherever they choose. Unfortunately, too much of something is not always the best. Increased use of mobile devices comes with security threats; it is growing to become one of the biggest targets of cyberattacks. 

What are Mobile Security Threats?

Mobile security threats can be described as attacks that steal or compromise data from everyday mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc. Threats include malware, phishing attacks, data breaches, and any other cyber threats that aim to give bad actors unauthorized access to mobile devices. Once a cybercriminal has entered your device, the possibilities of destruction are endless. From dealing with your sensitive data to making purchases on your company’s behalf, cybercriminals have more power once your data is in their hands. The reality is that mobile devices need just as much security as hardware.

 

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