Great apps to track down a lost or stolen phone
Smartphone have become an essential part of our everyday lives. Not only because it’s a collection of apps, photos, messages, and contacts that make up his or her digital life, but it’s also a large chunk of money… anywhere from $200 – $1200!
Because of this, losing a phone can be an awfully traumatic experience. You’re forced to start over from scratch and invest another portion of your savings into something that might just be lost or stolen a few months from now.
However, there is a way to fight back against lost or stolen phones, and it all starts with a phone-finding, anti-theft application. Here are a few to get you headed in the right direction.
With Prey, a stolen or lost phone has the potential to be recovered. This phone-finding, anti-theft application gives you the ability to take photos and lock your device remotely. This means that hypothetically you could take a photo of the thief with your phone’s camera and then keep them out of your phone and away from your data with remote locking.
Prey also allows you to wipe your data remotely (if it comes to that) and retrieve data stuck on your phone, like messages and call logs. Receive the location of your phone, determine if there are any Wi-Fi hotspots nearby, and take screenshots of what the thief is doing on your phone.
Avast has a lot of the same capabilities as Prey. You can remotely lock your phone and wipe its data. You can receive screenshots, retrieve data, and learn about the surrounding Wi-Fi. One interesting feature Avast has, though, that Prey does not is that you can activate a loud siren. And the siren will only get louder if the thief tries to turn it down.
Another interesting feature is its SIM-Card-Change Notification. If the thief slips a new SIM Card into your phone, you’ll receive a message with the phone’s new number and location.
Lookout is also very similar to Avast and Prey. It has the same basic phone-finding, anti-theft features that the two previous applications encompass. However, Lookout differs because it incorporates features such as Identity Monitoring and Threat Protection. So, not only will the app help protect you from identity theft, but it will also work to protect your device from known cyber threats.
And to keep things even more safe and secure for you, Lookout will send you reports on recent data breaches and backup your mobile data in the process.
Cerberus is slightly more intense than the other apps previously mentioned. In fact, a film student based in Amsterdam recently used this app to create a documentary on where stolen phones go. With this app, he was able to setup custom alerts, listen to phone conversations, turn on the camera, read messages, and track the phone’s location. Cerberus will also backup your data and give you the option to remotely lock your device, wipe its contents, and retrieve data.
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4 reasons your business will get hacked
Businesses get hacked all the time. At this point, we expect hackings to happen. But… this doesn’t mean we necessarily accept them or that we forgive a business when they become a victim of a data breach or fall upon a security misfortune.
This being said, it’s important to know what will get your business hacked, so you can avoid these things at all costs. Here are a few things that will most certainly throw your business into a world of hacking.
You aren’t training your people.
Usually, technology is pretty smart, and for the most part, it can keep hackers out. It’s the people using the technology who aren’t so smart. They’re the ones who allow hackers to slip through, and oftentimes, it’s the direct result of a social engineering attack.
These attacks can play out any number of ways – through your inbox, in person, over the phone, through the mail – but the end goal typically involves someone giving away sensitive data. This can be anything from credit card numbers and login credentials to passwords and personal information.
Whatever the case might be, it’s all preventable with just a little training. If you fail to train your employees on the ins and outs of social engineering, then your company will pay for it with its data, reputation, and, quite possibly, its future.
You don’t have policies.
Cyber security doesn’t just entail a handful of monitoring and prevention tools bundled together to create a layered security solution. That’s way too simple. In reality, cyber security involves much more, and you can thank the human element for that.
If you’re serious about that whole not-being-hacked thing, then you need to create detailed policies that actually help you do that whole not-being-hacked thing. These policies should address issues such as passwords, internal updates, external access, hiring and firing, and training. The more bases you cover, the better off your business will be.
You do have policies, but you don’t implement them.
If you go through the hassle of creating policies, then you might as well follow them. More often than not, companies will create security policies but they won’t stick to them. They rarely train new hires on them; they forget to update them, and they never discipline employees for failing to follow them.
There’s no point in having policies if you don’t stick with them. Create. Implement. Update. Then regulate.
You don’t change.
Things change over time, including cyber threats. This means, that your cyber security policies, strategy, education, and tools should change over time, as well.
If you remain stationary, you really aren’t remaining stationary. This is because while everything else is progressing and evolving, you are not. You are falling behind. You are not remaining stationary because you are becoming less and less modern, less and less of a competitor, and less and less of a challenge to hack.
Never stop learning and always keep your business at least one step ahead of the threats.
Has your business experienced a cyber-attack firsthand? Do you worry about whether or not your business is secure enough to withstand a cyber-attack? If so, then give us a call today to schedule your no-cost security assessment. Our security experts are looking forward to your call!