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What It Means To Be Mobile

What It Means To Be Mobile

When cell phones first hit the market, the term ‘mobile’ meant, quite literally, the ability to make and receive calls while on-the-go. Nothing more, nothing less. But today mobile means smart and connected.

Placing and receiving phone calls aside, you can tell your smartwatch to add items to your grocery list while you order a pizza via an assistant such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home. While traveling, you can adjust the lights and temperature of your house with touch of a button. When you get home, a smart camera recognizes your face and automatically unlocks the door for you.

The world of mobile now includes a massive web of connected devices (the internet of Things, or IoT). It isn’t just about having access while on the go. It’s about having of nearly everything, simply by accessing that convenient little smart device tucked in your pocket or strapped to your wrist.

Unfortunately, lost in this world of smart connections is the prioritization of security. New technology rarely gets built with personal security in mind. In fact, the market has become so saturated that manufacturers feel pressured to rush products out without adequately testing their resilience against cybercrime. As a result, end-users must thoroughly research IoT products before buying, and then somehow ensure that security settings are enabled to the max on all those devices they do purchase.

Something you should know:

Before downloading the latest trendy app consider this…

Last year, Google reported its removal of more than 700,000 apps that were in violation of Google Play policies, including over 250,000 copycat apps, which attempted to deceive users by impersonating legit versions. Google also noted that, while 700,000 seems like a big number, nearly 99% of apps with abusive or malicious content were identified and rejected before anyone could access them.

However, as with all things security, it’s that one percent we need to worry about. And since it’s nearly impossible for online stores to fully vet every single app that gets submitted, it's up to the end-users to up their security awareness.

Before downloading and installing apps on your smart devices, do some research. How many downloads does the app have? How many app reviews have been published and are they positive? Are you downloading from an official app store or a third-party website? And finally, consider the privacy requirements after installing. If the app asks for more access than what seems necessary delete it and find a better option.

If you’ve been issued a smart device by our organization, know and follow your companies policies regarding what you’re allowed to install and access. Whether bringing your own device or using one that was issued to you, it’s your job to know what is and what isn’t allowed with smart devices. If you’re not sure, please ask!

If you want more tips check out the navitend blog site or if you have any questions, feel free to call our office today at 973-448-0070.


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