Data security is a hot issue right now. Given the increasing popularity and prevalence of mobile devices combined with their ability to easily store and access so much of our sensitive data, mobile device security is even hotter. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also recognizes the importance of this issue and now offers a free tool to help you better secure that smart phone or tablet that goes everywhere you go.
Think about it. If you are reading this there is little doubt that you own a smart phone or tablet, or both. Now ask yourself a couple of questions:
- Does it have any sensitive information stored on it that you would not want to openly share with others?
- any embarrassing emails or text messages?
- any pictures you wouldn’t want to show to the world?
- any confidential notes or appointments?
- Does it have the ability to access other sources of information that you would not want to openly share with others?
- does it have online banking apps or other financial apps?
- does it have an app to remotely access your other computers?
- does it have access to your company’s network and the sensitive information it contains?
- does it have access all of your (and your company’s) business contacts?
- does it have any online shopping apps?
You get the picture — and so does the FCC as it explains along with many useful stats on its Official FCC Blog. That is why the FCC recently released the FCC Smartphone Security Checker. There is no cost to use the tool, all you have to do is click on the hyperlink and follow the instructions. There are customized tools for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows devices. Go check out the tool and make sure your mobile device is safe and secure — or at least as safe and secure as reasonably possible!
If you would like to talk with me about legal issues concerning data security or privacy, please feel free to give me a call (469.635.1335) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
-Shawn E. Tuma