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Protect your screen privacy while you work from your phone

Mobile devices are no longer used for simply phone calls and texting. You work from them. You send and receive sensitive information, engage in confidential communications, and often look at confidential data, even trade secrets.

While being able to conduct business from your phone is convenient and practical, it also lends itself to security risks — considering that it’s common to do these transactions while standing in line at the grocery store, sitting at a doctor’s waiting room, or optimizing downtime at conferences and conventions. What happens if someone gets a peek at what is on your screen? Even a few seconds can be enough to result in a security breach.

Then there are also the risks associated with connecting to unsecured public Wi-Fi, accidentally opening malware, or with the receiver of the message being surrounded by shoulder surfers and prying eyes. In short, vulnerabilities are everywhere.

Increased protection for small and medium-sized businesses

While it may be tempting to think that hackers and shoulder surfers are more interested in large corporations, over 40 percent of cyberattacks are directed at small and medium sized businesses — especially in a post COVID-19 world, when a remote workforce often uses unsecured networks and devices.

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To add insult to injury, 60 percent of small businesses that are victims of a cyberattack go out of business within six months. So, this is not just a matter of efficiency or of having innovative technology just for the sake of it. Securing your data really is a matter of protecting everything you have worked so hard for.

It also ensures compliance with industry specific regulations and increases customer trust in your business.

Cell phone security that works for you

Phishing scams are some of the most prevalent security threats, and they are getting more sophisticated by the day; especially now that working remotely has become so commonplace. So, in addition to screen security, you have to be wary of communications you receive — even if they seem to have been legitimately sent by a coworker, vendor or client.

And due to a phone’s small screen, it may be easier to miss telltale signs that may be more obvious when working from a desktop computer. Therefore, it’s crucial to have technology working for you so that you don’t have to worry about this security risk.

With security apps, you can eliminate the likelihood of falling victim to one of these schemes. By installing the application on your phone, you preapprove who can contact you. So, if a hacker with a similar email address tries it, their communication will not go through.

Keep sensitive information secure with privacy apps

What you do from your phone is your business. Thankfully, innovative technologies such as the Smart Eye app allow you to upload, store, send and receive information within their platform in a secure way. Smart Eye’s safeguards include:

  • End-to-end encryption for unlimited communications
  • Only entities you approve can send and receive files in the platform
  • Choose who can collaborate on each project
  • Restrict the recipient’s ability to download or share communications
  • Revoke information after it has already been sent
  • Content that’s shared only after the recipient authenticates their identity with biometrics
  • Immediately terminate access to data
  • Set time limits for sent information to be available to the recipient
  • Block unauthorized views on the receiver’s screen
  • Authenticate identity-verified e-signatures
  • Monitor remote worker files
  • Unlimited data storage

Smarter security for your smartphone

In addition to the security benefits of installing privacy applications, they also provide you with more efficiency when conducting both business and personal transactions.

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By securing your accounts with biometrics, you no longer have to worry about remembering passwords for your myriad of accounts. This means increased productivity at work and fewer interruptions that come from attempting to restore login credentials. And soon, voice command will also be available, with voice recognition to verify user identity.

You also don’t have to dedicate time to figuring out how to use these technologies. They are user-friendly, out-of-the-box solutions so that you can focus on working and living your life.

No matter how you look at it, cybersecurity is not a luxury. It’s a necessity.

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Dexter Caffey

Through his alternative investment firm, Caffey Investment Group, Mr. Caffey has spent the past 20 years working with major publicly traded U.S. companies. During this time, he helped institutional clients access financial platforms to hedge their portfolio risk and to reduce cost. While on a business trip in the fall of 2017, Mr. Caffey was speaking with a cybersecurity professional and noticed he could see Word and PDF documents on the individual's computer screen. He thought to himself, "What if we could create software for documents that would shut off for any unauthorized face or iris viewing that document or screen?" Mr. Caffey immediately connected with a biometrics technology firm for the creation of this software and founded Smart Eye Technology, Inc. in January 2018.

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