Why should you backup your mobile device?

Why should you backup your mobile device?

In today’s day in age, phones have been transformed into mini-computers that fit right into your back pocket. Large companies, such as Apple and Samsung, are constantly dishing out new and improved mobile phones that can serve as a substitute for your laptop or storage device. And just like any other type of device, you should frequently backup your smartphone.

Malware infections on mobile are increasing.

Throughout the world, there are over 7.6 billion mobile device users. With that many users who have the internet at their very fingertips, there are bound to be threats that put you at risk.

Whether or not you are using your mobile devices in place of your work computers, if you have valuable, sensitive and important information, you must back them up. Just like a laptop or desktop computer, mobile phones have become just as vulnerable to malware.

Device disasters

There are plenty more threats and disasters that can affect your smartphone. How many times have you lost or misplaced your device? We carry our phones virtually everywhere and that means it can easily be stolen, misplaced or even damaged. Sure, we can always go to our local Verizon or cellular store to have them replaced, but what happens if your data isn’t backed up? That data isn’t as easy to replace as the phone itself… Here are a few security threats that you should be aware of:

  • Data leakage
    A simple human error, such as pasting confidential information in the wrong place, can put your business at risk. According to specialist insurance provider, Beazley, “unintended disclosure” accounted for over 40% of data breaches reported by healthcare organizations during the first three quarters of 2017.
  • Social engineering
    The world is full of cybercriminals who are constantly lurking and trying to trick people into handing over their personal information. These criminals are no longer restricted to desktops. With each day, more and more cybercrime is being seen over mobile devices. In a report by IBM, it was found out that users are three times more likely to fall for phishing attacks on mobile devices compared to desktops. So be sure to think twice before you respond or click on that link sent from an unknown number.
  • Wi-Fi interference
    Every time a person connects to a public Wi-Fi network, they become more vulnerable to exposing personal and critical information. According to Wandera, nearly a quarter of devices in 2017 connected to potentially insecure networks.
  • Out-of-date devices
    Apple is continuously providing updates and patches, but what about other manufacturers? The majority of these manufactures, especially Android, are failing to provide updates for their devices. Not only can this cause inconvenience, but it also puts their users at risk to the never-ending threats lurking online.
  • Physical device breaches
    If you lose your phone or leave it unattended, it may be susceptible to a breach. Though it may seem unlikely, if you are not employing the proper security measures such as PIN codes, you may be at risk.

Backup options

There are so many ways to back up your device. It is especially easy if you are backing up an iOS or Android device. Many companies that are using platforms such as Google’s G Suite enable company-wide backup settings from a single dashboard. If you are using an Apple device, some configuration may need to be done, but overall, the process is quick and painless.

There are also several third-party options to back up all your organization’s mobile devices. Some of the best are cloud backup services which can sync all types of data into one organized system. These tools may not be free, however, they ensure long-term protection for your business.

Our experts can provide practical advice on security for your business’s computers and mobile devices. Call us to ask about mobile backup and other security solutions today.