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IT Services Provider MyTek: Keeping Your Smartphone Safe From IT Security Threats

by | Aug 9, 2019 | Best Practices, MyTek Blog

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Mobile devices accompany us more or less everywhere, leading us to use them more and more frequently in all aspects of life, including for business purposes. As a result, cybercriminals have even more motivation to target them. To help you avoid a mobile device being the downfall of your company’s IT security, IT service provider MyTek has assembled a few practices you and your staff should adopt.

IT Security Smartphone Tip #1: Keep It with You

Hopefully, you aren’t naturally inclined to leave a thousand-dollar gadget lying around willy-nilly, but it doesn’t hurt to bring up the possibility anyways. Your phone should never be left unattended out in public, as any data that the device has access to is put at risk. This includes your own data, as well as company documents if the device was used to access them via a Bring Your Own Device arrangement. While BYOD policies typically include remote wiping measures, who knows what data may have been viewed before the wipe was initiated?

IT Security Smartphone Tip #2: Be Selective Concerning Wireless Networks

Under the right conditions, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are great, allowing a user to connect to the Internet and other devices that boost their phone’s utility. Unfortunately, these connections can be a wolf in sheep’s clothing – unsecured networks can easily subject your device (and the data it contains) to any number of IT security threats. A good way to minimize the chances of this happening are to avoid making connections to unknown networks, using your data plan if you have to.

IT Security Smartphone Tip #3: Protect Your Sensitive Credentials

As people use their phones for almost everything these days, most of these devices now allow a user to store passwords, PIN numbers, and payment card information on the phone itself for simplified access. The thing is, if your phone was to fall into the wrong hands, this means that the person who now has the device is given that simplified access. While the best move is to simply choose not to store these details in your phone, there are secure applications that are much better to use if you do. For help in selecting one, reach out to us- we’re an IT services provider.

IT Security Smartphone Tip #4: Clean Out the Data You’ve Generated

There’s a lot of data that your phone retains, from the words (including personal data) that its autocomplete records, to the web browsing app’s history. All of this data and more is very valuable to a cybercriminal, so as a precautionary measure it is good to clear out this data every so often.

To keep your data safe and prevent any IT security risks, you need to protect it from all of the potential ways it can be breached. MyTek, a Phoenix-based IT services provider, has the tools and experience to help. Contact us at 623-312-2440 to learn more.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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