SmartPhone Apps can Cause a Security Risk at Work
Okay, so checking in on your LinkedIn account might not be something that, if caught, would thrill your employer’s soul, but other than that, it’s harmless right? Wrong. According to the WebProNews, 20% of Android applications pose some level of security risk at work. This includes popular applications such as LinkedIn, Foursquare, and even Netflix.
Regarding the issue, the Wall Street Journal writes: “The apps exposed other types of personal data in plain text on cell phones –- like emails sent from the app by a LinkedIn member, or the movie queue of a Netflix app user, or search history under Foursquare’s Places tab.”
So, while it is up to you how much risk you want to take with your own, personal information, what you unwittingly share regarding your employer’s business details can put the company at risk; not to mention getting you fired. You may think you’re being good leaving the Angry Birds for lunchtime, but if you are using your mobile at work, there is a good chance you are taking a risk.
The bottom line with SmartPhone apps is simple: think twice before using them at work. In addition to posing a security risk, company policies and procedures may prohibit the downloading and using of mobile applications at work. However, even if your company doesn’t have policies around mobile applications, it is better safe than sorry. Stick with mobile apps related to work and leave the game-playing and social networking for before and after hours.