Smartphones have already won the battle when it comes to becoming the most ubiquitous devices in our personal lives. Just importantly, however, is their presence in the workplace. As an organizational and communication tool, it’s pretty hard to beat a smartphone. It consolidates a bunch of up-to-the-second information, opens up various channels for staying in touch with important people and can even help structure our day. They’re even repositories for some of the most important information that we have.
A survey from Survey Monkey done earlier this year, “80% of all respondents can use the mobile phone of their choice for business purposes.” For work phones, there was a staggering increase in the amount of time spent using e-mail. Users using phones as work tools used them for e-mail almost half the time. That’s a stark comparison to personal use, where e-mailing only accounted for a fifth of the time spent using mobile devices.
Interestingly enough, the survey showed that Blackberry owners were also the most likely to own another type of device. Users who had a smartphone were more prone to owning just the one, showing a move towards centralizing personal and work information into one device rather than many.
One clear trend seems to be an increase in workers using their own phones at work, seamlessly transitioning mobile devices from their personal life into the professional sphere. This means more people are using phones to store and transmit text-based messages with sensitive information. More than any other time in the history of mobile devices, our phones are filled with important logs of e-mails, text messages and chats that contain vitally important information. With a shift towards using just one device for everything, it becomes even more critical to keep personal and professional information coexisting in a safe environment.
RecordVault’s solution is ingenious and unique because it locks up important information without affecting any of the regular functions of your phone. The only thing that ends up in the vault are files that you, as a user, intend to keep away from prying eyes. Everything else continues to work normally, letting you get the best usage out of your phone during the work day. As an added security feature, your emergency information is available to emergency responders and medical professionals. The information only becomes available when it’s most crucial for your health!
Whether you see your phone primarily as a personal or professional tool, don’t disregard the fact the your online presence means you’re constantly sharing a stream of private information. Take steps now to secure your most confidential data and avoid becoming a victim of scams and identity theft. Mobile security is critical for all.
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