Five Defensive Actions to Take Before Your Mobile Device Is Stolen - Slide 5

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As many SMBs or SOHOs may not be linked to an Exchange server or a centralized directory service, it makes sense to perform regular backups of contact data. This is a relatively simple process that can be initiated using free, phone-specific services. An alternative that should work on most phone operating systems would be to sync to a cloud service such as Google Contacts as a backup.

The use of smartphones has skyrocketed in recent years, and is now a repository for the vast amount of personal and work data that mobile-empowered workers are able to bring everywhere. Given its widespread use and portability, however, it is inevitable that many mobile devices will get misplaced or stolen.

With this in mind, what are some preemptive steps that businesses can take to protect the sensitive data on these devices before disaster strikes? The following are five preemptive steps Paul Mah has identified for mobile workers to take before their device is stolen.

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