2013 is progressively becoming the year of the hacker. The main target of these hackings? Smartphones.

Consumers are constantly voicing their wants of a smaller, thinner device with more storage space to make their lives a little easier. In reality, the shrunken screens and huge storage space are making hackers lives easier, too!

Since smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have increasingly become more prominent than PC’s, hackers have realized their old school tactics are still relevant.

Compared to desktop computers, the tiny screens of mobile devices present an opportunity to create legitimate looking sites without users noticing red flags as they would on a larger screen. The illegitimate websites can trick smartphone users into entering personal information a hacker needs to drain an account.

Smartphone users desire instant access to information including bank accounts, email, etc. Applications make this possible, but not without risking data security. With sensitive information built into the apps, hackers are able to use “Trojan horse” viruses to utilize short message services (SMS) that charge per text to extract information.

According to CNN, “the amount of malware detected by McAfee on the devices in 2012 was 44 times what it was the previous year.”

Consumers have been known to keep their whole lives on their smartphones, from bank account information to sensitive company data and hackers have taken advantage of this. Especially in BYOD programs, storing personal and company data on one device brings those two worlds together in a convenient package for hackers.

A change is definitely in the air for BYOD programs and data security, especially after this years Mobile World Congress. Companies are adopting mobile devices with BYOD-friendly operating systems, which allows IT departments to control data security and data erasure of sensitive information without touching an employee’s personal files.

Click here to read more about BYOD at the Mobile World Congress.

A common misconception by consumers is the factory reset when disposing of their phones. More than likely, personal and company data remnants will still be stored in the device, susceptible to mobile hackers. Following through with proper data erasure of the phone is necessary to prevent data leaks.

Mobile asset disposition is moving towards becoming an industry-wide term, with data erasure top priority. HOBI International Inc, and similar organizations, are embracing this term with open arms by implementing successful data erasure procedures prior to disposing or refurbishing mobile devices. The growing market for smartphones with big data storage make these mobile asset disposition plans essential for data security.

Click here to read about the benefits of mobile asset disposition by a certified ITAD company.

Small devices with big security threats, smartphones have become the perfect target for hackers to steal any information they desire. Don’t become the next victim of a data hacking.