Mobile phones can be breached just like any other IT device, so it is important to treat them as such and follow the latest data security standards, especially if you intend to use them to store and process important client information.
According to the Legal Technology Survey Report released by ABA in 2015, almost 40% of US lawyers use Wi-Fi connections to access client data, but only 22% ensure the connection is encrypted.
Here is what you can do today:
- Use common sense
If you are communicating sensitive client information to someone, keep your voice down. Similarly, make sure no one can look over your shoulder if you are sending information in text format.
- Use a strong password
If you are using your phone for work, you need to protect it the same way you would typically protect a desktop PC. Ideally, you should combine lower-case letters, upper-case letters, numbers, and symbols, make sure the password is longer than 12 characters, and is something that is not easy to guess.
- Use two-factor authentication
This acts as a second layer of protection. If someone gets their hands on your account passwords but not your phone itself, they will still be unable to access your accounts if they do not also know the temporary code that gets sent to you via text message and is only valid for 10-15 seconds.
- Encrypt your devices
This may sound quite technical, but in reality, it is not that hard. Just visit your provider’s website for a full set of instructions on how to do so.