Mobile Devices: The New Target for Data Theft

May 4, 2012

Mobile Phone

Millions of people now own mobile devices, so it’s no surprise that cyber criminals have ramped up their efforts to steal data from them. Cell phones, smartphones, and tablets can hold personal data, including location, home or work address, contacts, email correspondence, SMS or text messages, passwords, and other sensitive or risky information. These devices are relatively easy to lose or steal, since we carry them in our pockets and bags. But that’s not the only concern: data can be stolen even as you use your device. An aware user is a secure user. Regardless of the make or model of a device, or whether it’s your own or one provided by an employer, keeping data secure comes down to how you use and maintain the device. Here are best practices for keeping your data safe (courtesy of IS&T News).

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