Using your Smartphone for Work

If you’re one of the 90% of American employees that uses their personal smartphones for work, you might be putting your employer at risk. According to a recent study done by Cisco on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) most tech savvy BYODers aren’t security-conscious.

Cisco’s study discovered:

  •  9 in 10 Americans use their smartphones for work
  • 48% don’t know about Bluetooth discoverable modes
  • 40% don’t password protect their smartphones
  • 52% access unsecured wireless networks

By now it should be common knowledge that using an unsecure wireless network is the #1 threat to cyber-security.  Just last year a popular plug-in was discovered to exploit devices connected to unsecured Wi-Fi.  So not only is your online identity at risk but also is the private data of the company you work for.

The amount of smartphone users who don’t utilize password protection is astonishing and the numbers differ between operating systems.  More iOS users about 66% use passwords while just 54% of Android users lock their device with a password.  Although BYOD gives the modern employee great work flexibility – the ability to answer work emails and use work related apps, because precautions aren’t being taken, it’s causing headaches for the IT department.

Do yourself and your employer a favor by using a VPN. IPVanish offers free Android and iPhone VPN software and 24×7 technical support.  Protect your online identity and data at Wi-Fi hotspots because IPVanish encrypts all data you send over the Internet.  All this with IPVanish for as low as $6.49/month plus you control your IPs location by choosing from 3500+ IPS on 90 servers in 41 countries.

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