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.