Businesses are increasingly conducting more of their work across mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, especially in this era of growth in remote work. Mobile devices are often more affordable, cut down on time-consuming paperwork, are more environmentally friendly, and allows for greater flexibility.
Of course, the risk of additional security concerns is one down side of utilizing these devices in a business capacity. Malware can get into your mobile devices, and therefore pose a risk to sensitive data and equipment, via one of these five channels:
Malicious apps. Downloads and apps are the number one method used by hackers to install malware on devices. Often this happens via pirated apps or those offered off of official app stores, but products offered within those stores can contain malware also.
Infected emails. Hackers often distribute malware via emails with subject lines just too tempting to ignore. Any time an employee opens an email from an unknown source, malware becomes an imminent risk.
Insecure Wifi. Anything that infects a device on a network can theoretically transfer to other devices on that network. When employees use insecure home connections, or public WiFi hotspots, they and their devices are vulnerable to anything on that network.
System vulnerabilities. Sometimes vulnerabilities within a mobile device’s operating system allow hackers to exploit avenues into devices. This is why it is so important to install updates when prompted.
Text or voicemail phishing. As with emails, text messages or voicemails can be used to distribute suspicious links. When those links are clicked from the device, malware is installed into its system.
As you can see, mobile device usage poses just as many risks to a company’s data and system security as desktop computers. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up on the convenience and flexibility that mobile devices lend to your business and employees. Instead, give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH and let’s discuss ways to secure each device, educate your employees, and keep your business safe from malware.