A Virtual Phone Number Can Add Extra Security onto Multiple-User Devices

Dec 31, 2012 16:55:39Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

A Virtual Phone Number Can Add Extra Security onto Multiple-User Devices

If you run a business, chances are you're familiar with the multiple-user feature of certain mobile devices. Many Apple and Microsoft products allow you to create more than one profile, meaning that several users can log in to their personal accounts and have access to their own set of applications, programs and documents. This feature is particularly useful for companies that employ a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy so that workers can use one account on their own smart phone at the office and another at home. However, simply having more than one account on a cell phone doesn't mean employees will have two phone numbers on one phone, which is why some companies may want to consider equipping workers with a second set of digits.

The Dangers of BYOD
In today's world, many employees are on-the-go in their day-to-day work life. Using a BYOD policy can help companies save money, as they won't need to purchase new smart phones and tablets for workers who already own them. However, the biggest downfall of this policy is that it exposes companies to a bevy of security issues. Even if the IT team at your business has installed privacy protection software, employees may put their device at risk when using their technology for personal matters. Adding multiple users to a phone can allow employees to use one account while at work and another at home.

Why a Second Mobile Number?
If workers use two accounts on their devices, you may be wondering why you would need a second phone number. Unfortunately, hackers have discovered that cyber attacks sent through phone calls or text messages are highly successful, as many times cell phone users aren't expecting malware to be sent via this channel. As mentioned above, a second account on a mobile phone doesn't necessarily come with a second number. Adding another set of digits will make it so that only one phone number will be compromised should your employee contract a technological virus via a malicious text message or phone call.

When running a business in today's day and age, there's little that's more important than data security and employee privacy. Taking extra measures to protect mobile security may be slightly more costly, but the benefits outweigh the price when you consider what could happen if there is a security breach.