If you are a cloud user, your smartphone is vulnerable than most. Yes, your mobile security is once again at risk – it just never stops! The crux of this latest mobile vulnerability: residual files remain on your smartphone even after the files have been uploaded to the cloud. So what does that mean? Hackers may be able to utilize these residual files to gain access to your cloud and the files saved within it.
Aside from the obvious issues of hackers wreaking havoc on your personal life by gaining access to important personal files via your phone, there are substantial risks associated with this for big companies. Companies that issue smartphones to employees but don’t put a block on personal usage on the device are leaving themselves wide open for an attack. Researchers have found that they were able to recover email addresses, logs of which files were uploaded to the cloud and even the URL of the cloud itself. In some cases, deleted files were still accessible as well. Before you become completely hopeless, there are some...
Simple things you can do to protect yourself and your cloud:
First of all, always ensure that your mobile applications are up to date; the examples detailed above occurred on Android Version 1.6.7. Encryption tools can also be purchased by companies to help protect smartphones from being attacked by hackers – talk to your IT department to find out if your company has explored this extra layer of protection for you.
In sharing all of this, it’s important to note that cloud services offer many advantages to your daily personal and corporate lives. It’s smart to stay educated on the risks and benefits of all your technological needs so that you know how to get the most out of them.
Here are a few pointers when working with cloud services:
- Keep your email, contacts and calendar available on the cloud. Sync your devices, so you don’t need to drag your laptop with you everywhere.
- Use Google Docs cloud services to write, edit and review documents, spreadsheets and even powerpoint presentations.
With seemingly never ending mobile vulnerabilities, be sure to invest in mobile protection for your Android, like BullGuard’s Mobile Security app.
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