obile phones have helped revolutionize the way people and businesses alike operate and do things. It’s given people increased flexibility and mobility, allowing them to be more productive outside the office and stay connected with staff and clients no matter where they are. With the advent of smartphones, companies now have access to the internet on the go, increasing their capabilities and potential, allowing individuals to complete more complex and sophisticated tasks outside the office.
However, as much as mobile technology has enhanced the working life, it’s also created additional threats in the form of malware, cybercrime, and data breaches that can seriously affect businesses in a bad way. Mobile devices are one of the biggest avenues criminals use to gain access to a business’s information, and doing so can lead to pretty nasty consequences.
Why Mobiles are at Risk
There are many ways mobiles can be targeted by criminals to provide them access to your business’s information. The main ways are a direct consequence of its internet mobility, and hackers utilize this functionality to gain your information.
Firstly, some criminals utilize unsecured Wi-Fi, the type you’ll access in a coffee shop or airport, to get your information through hacking. As these networks aren’t protected by a password, anyone can access them, and those who are both tech-savvy and malicious can go into these networks and find what you’ve been up to, including what sites you’ve visited and what passwords you’ve used. That’s why it’s a good practice to never use online banking, access business emails, or use sites that require a login while using public Wi-Fi, as these details can be at risk.
Another danger associated with unsecured Wi-Fi is that some criminals set up phony Wi-Fi points, usually around high traffic locations, to trick people into logging into them. They’ll usually be labeled as normal services such as ‘Airport Wi-Fi’ or ‘CoffeeWifi’ making them hard to decipher. However, when accessing them, they’ll require a password and email to set up an account, and once imputed these criminals will use these details to try and get access to your other accounts, as most people use the same email and password combination for everything.
The best way to stay protected from viruses and cyberattacks implemented through public Wi-Fi is to use a VPN, as this hides your browsing history and makes it hard to hack. An outsourced IT services such as Stronghold Services Corporation can provide your business devices with this VPN as well as other essential IT services.
There are different ways cybercrime can affect a business. The most common way is that these criminals would use the data they’ve stolen to gain access into your network and then steal your customer’s data so that they can sell them on to advertisers or access their accounts to steal money or perform identity fraud.
Additionally, criminals can use the information they’ve received to impersonate a CEO within the company to mislead potential customers and prospective staff to gain their information and funds. Both these incidents can be disastrous for your business’s reputation, leading to customers not wanting to trust your services, putting them off from using you which would lead them to your competitors and lower your profit margin as a result.
Another consequence is that if these mobile devices were part of the network of devices connected to the business’s server, then hackers can gain access to the entire network this way and perform ransomware attacks that blocks access to your files, making your computers inoperable. They may also install worms that can delete files but also replicate itself constantly to the point where the computer can’t support it and crashes. Both these scenarios have the potential to instill a prolonged period of downtime, making productivity cease, causing huge profit loss.