Individuals are, for the most part, already savvy to internet scams on the computer. Now, just about every hacking technique has been rewritten for mobile users. As people can experience an invasion of privacy from mobile cyberattacks, so can businesses. Independently-owned businesses have always been big targets for hackers, simply because they stand to lose the most. As a business owner or manager, it is vital to understand how mobile phones are susceptible to hacking and how that can affect your company.
Tons of Hacking Software Exists in Mobile Stores
Whether you’re an Apple or an Android user, you can check your company’s phone app store right now and find dozens of apps that are designed to help you “hack”. This is often meant to be used on a personal level, such as by parents tracking their children, but can be used by malicious adults. Some of these programs must be physically installed on a phone, and some are downloaded through a link. This approach is known as keylogging, and it can happen to anyone.
It is important to keep in mind that your coworkers will often use their mobile phones to check in on work. While that’s okay, you should keep them educated and aware of safety protocols so that they can avoid accidentally leading hackers to company information.
Always Protect Your Office Wifi
Your workspace wifi must be secure, password-protected, and encrypted at all times. Don’t give the password out to just anyone. Anyone can walk in or out of your business, log into unsecured wifi, and begin scanning for information if they know what they’re doing. If your business is semi-public where you must share the wifi password, you can keep your important company files on a separate, locked wifi, or make sure they’re secured and encrypted on a drive, and that you have backups of these files. Setting up the right protection for your business is the first step.
Mobile Hacking Techniques You Should Know
We’ve already mentioned keylogging, or apps that can track information after installation. Phishing is another method that’s been around since the early days of the internet and still exists. It is the practice of impersonating a person, company, or service in order to retrieve personal information. For businesses, that can be calls, emails, or even texts from insurance companies, false software providers, etc. Teach your coworkers this vital lesson – unless you know exactly who you’re talking to and why, do not follow a link and give out personal information online or on your phone. Some large companies have struggled with SIM card hacking, which uses phishing practices to retrieve information from your SIM card, such as contacts, emails, photos, and more. Anyone who spends a lot of time browsing on their mobile may encounter a page that isn’t SSL encrypted, which may lead to cookie theft. Any of these forms of hacking can compromise your company’s private information.
If you’re looking to protect yourself and your business from cyber attacks, call Internal Computer Services at 804-672-1057 and speak to an expert about putting a plan in place. We’ve worked with independently-owned companies large and small for over 30 years across the East coast, providing a variety of services to make digitization easy.