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Denver Businesses are Vulnerable to Compromising their Trade Secrets and Confidential Information, Part II

In a previous blog, Denver Businesses are Vulnerable to Compromising their Trade Secrets and Confidential Information, Part I, I introduced the topic of the new era of spyware software. I would now like to outline what implications this may have on Colorado businesses.
The implications of this spyware can be a very serious threat to a business’s trade secrets and other confidential information. Just imagine the competitive advantage a competitor could have with your confidential information! The effects could be devastating to your business.
Some partial safeguards you should know about include:
• Don’t leave your cell phone lying around or out of your sight for long periods so that someone can install spyware in it.
• Protect your phone with a password.
• When not in use, turn off your phone and remove the battery.
• Assume your calls and text messages are being intercepted and don’t reveal things that you don’t want overheard by a competitor.
• With some cell phones, a “traffic sniffer” can be used to catch the cell phone sending the information to the remote server at which point the cell phone can be reset to factory defaults to erase the spyware.
It should be noted that intercepting telephone calls without the permission of either the caller or the person called is illegal. That does not mean that it is not being done, however. In fact, it is being done by unscrupulous persons. So protect your business secrets from being compromised. If you suspect that software has been installed on your cell phone or that confidential information or trade secrets have been given out, contact this office so that we help you minimize the damage and hold the responsible person or persons accountable.