The Threat Of Malicious Mobile Apps To Lawyers
A recent study performed by Webroot, found that in 2012, mobile malware families increased 58% and accounted for 59% of all mobile malware. It also found that 32% of mobile malware apps steal information, 15% track the movements of users, 13% send content and 8% reconfigure the mobile device.
These numbers are pretty bad, but as if they aren't bad enough, the problem is far greater due to the high number of attacks that go unreported or undiscovered.
A recent study shows that in 74% of malicious mobile app attacks, the IT department is not even notified when a mobile device has been rooted. In many cases, mobile users are unaware that malicious mobile apps are stealing their information and using it for their own personal gain.
There are other costly incidents besides the actions of attackers. Sometimes the malicious mobile apps are programmed to cause destruction to the mobile device. This can cause corruption and deletion of files. If you have your mobile device synced to a cloud service online (for example, Dropbox app to Dropbox online account), if corruption occurs and files are deleted from the cloud account, it will sync with the online cloud account and the files will be deleted. Without a cloud backup system in place, the files may very well be unrecoverable.
Enter cloud backup. With a solid cloud backup system such as cloudHQ, data loss from malicious mobile apps becomes a very distant possibility.
But if the unthinkable happens, and you download a malicious mobile app without knowing it, data loss can happen. And if it happens, you can either be prepared, or you will be wishing you had been prepared. The cloudHQ service provides synchronization and replication of data from one cloud service to another. If data loss occurs, restoration of files is a quick and painless procedure that will only take minutes and can prevent any business disruption and costly time. The cloudHQ service works by providing a complete secondary copy of your data on a completely separate cloud account from your main cloud account. This account has completely separate authentication measures from your main cloud account so that no attacker or malicious software will be able to access your secondary cloud account from the mobile device or from your main cloud account.
You don't want to be the real estate agent that suffers a data loss incident and wishes that they had cloud backup BEFORE it happens. I'm sure you would much rather be the real estate agent who was fully prepared with a competent cloud backup system such as cloudHQ. Be prepared with cloudHQ and restoration will only take minutes. Be unprepared and restoration may not ever be possible. Don't let malicious mobile apps be the downfall of your real estate business.
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