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Mobile computing devices have become indispensable tools. Small but risky, and as powerful as desktops or laptops.

Risky Business

Mobile devices can increase productivity, but the risks can be significant. 

  • Store significant amounts of personal, private or sensitive information
  • Portability makes it more difficult to implement physical controls
  • Device's can be lost or stolen
  • Information may be intercepted in cyberspace
  • Data loss
  • Malware risk, malware can infect mobile devices to be used as a platform for malicious activity.

Mobile Security

  • Keep mobile system and application software patched and up-to-date.
  • Download applications only from vendor-authorized sites. Sites offering free games or ring tones may distribute malware.
  • Follow your organization's policy about downloading software used for work.
  • Don’t risk being exposed to malware by opening unexpected attachments. As with your desktop, only open attachments from trusted sources.
  • Do not click links unless they are from trusted sources. Beware links from unsolicited email or text messages which may introduce malware.
  • Report a lost device to your carrier or organization immediately. Some devices allow the data to be erased remotely.
  • Wipe all data from the device before disposing of it to prevent others from accessing the data.
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