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Common smartphone security breaches

In keeping with the summer theme, here are some common smartphone security mistakes to avoid while enjoying time away from the office:

  • Failing to lock down your device: While we recommend changing the default 4-digit code to a more complex password, simply having a passcode can deter an opportunistic thief.
  • Failing to have the most up-to-date version of your apps: Vulnerabilities and security flaws sometimes exist and developers will fix the problem through patch updates.
  • Storing sensitive work data on an unauthorized device: It is recommended that you have a work and personal smartphone to avoid any breaches of solicitor/client privilege.
  • Opening questionable content on your smartphone unless you know who it’s from and what it is.  However, do not click on a link in a direct twitter message; it has become one of the most easiest and popular ways to send spam.
  • Failing to adhere to your company’s social media policies -- or not knowing what they are!
  • Using public or unsecure wi-fi: It’s too easy to access your data and can even allow hackers to hijack your device through your apps.

For more tips on how to practise remotely, visit the LIANS website at:

If you have any questions on these, or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program at or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.