"3: Attacks on mobile devices
Laptop computers have presented a known security risk for many
years. Today, we are more mobile than ever, carrying important data
around with us not just when we go on business trips but every day,
everywhere we go, on smart phones that are really just small
handheld computers. These devices have important business and
personal e-mail, text messages, documents, contact information and
personal information stored on them. Many of them have 8 or 16 GB
of internal storage and you can add another 32 GB on a micro SD
card. That’s much more storage space than the typical desktop
computer had in the 1990s.
"People lose their phones all the time, but many of these
devices aren't configured to require a password to start the
system, the data on them isn't encrypted, and very few protective
measures have been taken. They are security disasters waiting to
happen. Businesses should develop policies regarding the storage of
company information on smartphones and require encryption of data
on internal storage and on flash cards, strong passwords, use of
phones that can be remotely wiped when lost, etc. Of course, you
don’t have to lose the phone to have its data stolen.
Attention should also be paid to the potential for attacks using
Bluetooth and Wi-fi."
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