As we shift to digital, we also shift to mobile. Mobile devices are undeniably becoming an important part of our day to day lives. However, at the same time, cybercriminals are now also shifting their attention to mobile devices.Over the past years, the advancement in mobile technology greatly widens its participation not just in our day to day social and multimedia needs but also to business. 10 years ago, mobile devices were prohibited on office floors but today, a regular office will not survive without them.

The importance of mobile devices to modern business setups is also the reason why modern cyberattacks are focusing their activities to mobile. Mobile security is now a must, especially when you use your mobile device for business.

Why are mobile devices quickly becoming an attractive target for attackers?

Our mobile devices contain a lot, and we mean a lot of important and sensitive information. Personal info, contacts, usernames and passwords, emails, photos, videos, activities, banking details, location, and even your internet activity trail is stored in our mobile devices. It’s like an information and data mine for hackers.

Another thing is that mobile devices can be a backdoor for cybercriminals to infiltrate various networks. For example, an employee’s smartphone that’s connected to your company’s wifi can be used by hackers to infiltrate the company’s network. Most desktop stations are well protected especially when you have a dedicated security team, but things are different to mobile devices. Since mobile devices are personal stuff, it’s difficult to impose certain security measures on it. Moreover, mobile devices can act as carriers. It can acquire a malware from unsecured networks like public wifis and the same malware can be injected to a secured network when an infected device connects to it. It’s pretty similar to how the COVID-19 virus spreads. Since we carry our mobile devices everywhere, it can acquire sorts of digital infection which can harm an entire company’s digital framework.

With these things in mind, it is important to consider mobile security when developing your firm’s cybersecurity. Getting assistance from experts can help you protect your information from the dangers of mobile backdoors. Here’s some practical tips to help you minimize the dangers of mobile backdoors.

  • Have a separate and dedicated network for mobile devices. Create a separate wifi id for mobile devices. This way, you can effectively filter, monitor, and isolate possible threats and secure your digital assets.
  • Employ a good mobile security software. As part of your basic security protocol, you can require your employees to install a specific security app that will regularly scan their device for potential harm.
  • Maximize the cloud. Train your staff to avoid directly connecting their mobile devices to desktop stations. When doing file transfer, let them do it via a dedicated cloud service of your choosing. Trusted cloud services usually have good threat detection and can filter harmful files or malwares that can be injected during file transfers.
  • Have a separate mobile device for your business and personal use. Separating them is a good way of effectively minimizing potential damage.

Unfortunately, there is no surefire way of eliminating all threats. However, awareness and good mobile security hygiene is effective enough in minimizing these threats. Knowing that there’s a backdoor is the first step in safeguarding it.