With more and more people working from home, we’ve seen an uptick in hackers targeting employees, trying to take advantage of less secure environments. We’ve seen this especially with mobile phishing, a form of phishing that specifically targets smart phones and tablets, with attacks rising as much as by 60% in the last year. Tackling mobile phishing is no easy feat and requires using secure messaging. Here’s why:

Mobile Phishing Scams are Tricky to Spot

When it comes to phishing scams aimed at desktops and laptops, there are certain things you can keep an eye out for – like whether the email address or URL is correct and whether the website asking for your login information looks like the right website. With tablets and mobiles, these things are harder to spot because the screens are smaller, making it more difficult to verify things like email address and easier to spoof a website. At the same time, people tend to work much more rapidly on their phones than their computer, and the nature of quick browsing on their phone means that they’re less likely to be alert to risks.

With BYOD on the Rise You Cannot Control Employees’ Behaviors

In the next two years, three out of four devices in the enterprise will be personal devices. Businesses don’t have the option of dictating to employees what site they can and can’t access on their personal devices. Using secure messaging is a way to ensure that even if employees are accessing risky sites, any information they’re sharing for work stays protected.

Secure Messaging Automatically Keeps Information Safe

When it comes to phishing, the onus falls on employees to keep information safe. With secure messaging, information is automatically protected, freeing up employees to focus on conversations at hand without having to think about whether or not they’re putting any information at risk.

All this means that standard steps for preventing phishing attacks – like training people to recognize the signs – are far less effective. That’s why it makes sense for businesses to use secure messaging for the majority of conversations – if a suspicious mobile phishing attack hits an employee from SMS, email, or another messaging platform, they can immediately recognize that it’s not a legitimate communication.

Vaporstream is built with privacy by design, making it easy to hold sensitive conversations without worrying about phishing attacks. Only the people in and outside of your organization that you designate can communicate using Vaporstream, protecting you from would-be hackers. It’s easy to share files, images and other sensitive information without any risk of it being forwarded, screenshotted, copied or leaked another way. Learn why we’re a trusted tool here.