Mobile Devices and Security

A tip of the cap to the blog of Johnson McCann Insurance for this article.  Here are three great ideas for managing the risk of owning a mobile data device such as a smart phone or a tablet.

Physical Damage:  The biggest threat to the safety of your device is accidental damage that occurs when you drop your phone or tablet, or sit on it, or slam it in a car door or trunk lid.  The best idea here is to get a good quality case or silicone wrap to protect it from everyday hard knocks.

Theft or Loss:  When your phone goes missing, it can be a lifesaver to have software installed that allows you to remotely lock or wipe your phone, or track it using GPS, or photograph the perps using the onboard camera.  Check the AppStore or Google Play for downloads in this category.

Backup:  Here again, if your phone is damaged beyond repair, or goes missing, you will want to restore your phone to the state it was in before it when awry.  Backing up your phone’s contents to a cloud service makes this a snap.

Implementing these simple solutions will insure that your mobile experience will not be seriously impacted by the hazards of everyday use.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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