IT Security: Stop Mobile Attacks on Your Personal Devices

You’re at work, and you get a text on your personal phone. Or you decide to spend your lunch catching up on Facebook or checking out a new app on your tablet. It’s your personal device, so it has nothing to do with Houston Methodist, right? Not so fast.

If you have any work information on your personal phone or tablet, it means hackers can possibly use your device as a pathway to Houston Methodist data.

Most of us spend two and one-half hours a day on our mobile devices. By 2020, experts estimate mobile devices will account for 66 percent of online traffic. This shift to mobile heightens the need for device security.

Protect your data and Houston Methodist information by following a few simple guidelines.

  • When an app asks to access your device’s data, it seems easy to say yes – but don’t. Unless you’re sure it’s a reliable source, don’t download apps asking to access your device’s data. Mobile apps can contain a surprising lack of built-in security.
  • Free apps present a real issue, especially ones offering in-app purchasing and downloads. A growing amount of malicious software is embedded in these downloads, and hackers benefit from people saying yes to accessing your device’s data. Just say no.

Turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it. Bluetooth comes with some security pitfalls. Hackers can use Bluetooth to spread viruses, allowing hackers to access Houston Methodist information that may be on your device.

© 2020. Houston Methodist, Houston, TX. All rights reserved.