The BYOD phenomenon has changed America’s workplace in many positive ways, with increases in productivity and worker efficiency. Exposing your devices to new areas like a workspace, however, comes with greater risks of phishing and hacking. If you represent one of the 78% of Americans (as Cisco reports) who uses a mobile device every day for work, an unsecured device can lead to your Social Security number, your bank accounts, or your credit card data becoming stolen. How can you use certain iOS apps to keep your privacy intact? Here are some of your options:
The GPS functionality of a smart phone lets you do more than find a good restaurant in your vicinity or travel through an unfamiliar neighborhood. By downloading the $4 iHound app (featuring three free months of subscription), users can actively track the location of their mobile device using the GPS function in order to track it down whenever it becomes stolen, according to iHoundSoftware.com. Although some identity thieves prefer hacking or phishing to get access to mobile data, crimes of opportunity such as simple theft of a mobile represent a common factor for identity theft. iHound lets you recover an iPhone or iPad in the event that it becomes lost or stolen before an identity theft can crack the mobile’s password.
When you want to go all-out by eliminating identity theft and catching the culprits, there’s no substitution for the free-to-use notification and tracking iOS app PreyProject (PreyProject.com). Not only does PreyProject let you track down your phone via GPS, but it also sets up automatic notifications to your group of contacts to let them know that your mobile has been stolen. It creates a howling noise so that it cannot go undetected in the presence of others, and goes so far as to activate the camera function when turned on in order to snap a picture of the guilty party. This comprehensive platform cannot provide round-the-clock service like Lifelock’s identity theft protection systems can, but it allows any user to make sure that the theft of their Apple mobile will not go unpunished.
Whenever you open up an email with an unknown attachment, you put yourself at risk for identity theft. Phishing has become a major source of e-theft, but basic phishing (seeking names, addresses, financial information) has evolved into new forms. Spear phishing, which imitates an official email account (like a bank) targets people who do not check authenticity, while CNET reports that whaling focuses on higher-level targets of opportunity, such as managers and executives with more financial resources to pry away. At any level, VirusBarrier (available at Intego.com) represents the best protection against phishers and malware hackers on an iPad or an iPhone. This $1 anti-virus software blocks any harmful attachments you unknowingly download from an email file or bogus link. With constant scanning functions, it can nab passive viruses that pose as other apps in order to fool built-in virus protection platforms.