Let’s talk about a modern-day, technological horror story: losing your smartphone. Did you instinctively check to make sure you still had it? Smartphones carry so much personal information that losing it could put your financial and social media accounts at risk. For businesses, employees losing company phones means your data would be vulnerable as well. Just how much information is stored on your smartphone? A lot.
Hackers and criminals will use any piece of information they can get their hands on to gain access to sensitive information. Below is a list of just some of the information that could be at risk if you ever lose your smartphone.
With the popularity of mobile payments rising, people are more likely to have credit card information stored on their smartphones. Just like losing a wallet, those cards could be used to make some costly purchases. Banking apps are also a source of financial information that criminals absolutely can’t get enough of.
Passwords and Usernames
Saving usernames and passwords within the device’s web browser or frequently-used apps makes using a smartphone that much easier. It also makes it very easy for hackers to gain access to your accounts.
Data from applications can be a gold mine for hackers. While using an app, you give more and more information that’s stored on your phone. It seems innocent at the time, but when your smartphone goes missing, you will have wished you keep some things a little more private.
The cloud has done wonders for allowing us to access files and data that isn’t stored on our phones from anywhere. It’s made life much easier and is one of the best things about owning a smartphone. Having this access to your smartphone means that whoever gets a hold of your phone, gets a hold of everything you have in the cloud.
Social Media Accounts
Social media apps contain a lot of information. We are all aware of the data that social media companies keep. Don’t make it any easier for a hacker to gain access to it.
When you send emails every day, you forget just how much information is contained in them. Personal information and schedules that a criminal would love to have access to. A quick email from your account from a criminal could be just what they need to open a world of information.
Losing your smartphone doesn’t just put you at risk, it puts everyone you have saved within your contacts. Both personal and business contact information could be valuable to a hacker if they intend of hitting people with a phishing attack.