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Federal Workers Lax On Mobile Security

Nearly half of federal workers surveyed admit to poor mobile security practices, putting agencies and data at risk.
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(Source: Mobile Work Exchange)
(Source: Mobile Work Exchange)

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WKash
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WKash,
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2/12/2014 | 10:44:57 PM
Re: Not all apps are cause to worry ...
One has to be careful drawing conclusions from 155 respondents to a survey representing 2 million federal workers. The results are likely reflective of the vulnerabilities agencies face, but how much so is hard to know.  Either way, its clear you can't get all of the people to follow procedures no matter how your try.
BobH088
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BobH088,
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2/12/2014 | 9:31:41 PM
security solution?

One of the most common causes of data getting in the wrong hands is the loss of mobile devices that often contain a frightening amount of private information. I want to share a protection option that worked for me. Tracer tags (mystufflostandfound.com) let someone who finds your lost stuff contact you directly without exposing your private information. I use them on almost everything I take when I travel like my phone, passport and luggage after one of the tags was responsible for getting my lost laptop returned to me in Rome one time.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/12/2014 | 4:37:11 PM
Not all apps are cause to worry ...
This stat seems low, and also not all that scary: "What's more, 15% of government respondents admitted downloading a nonwork-related application on to the mobile device they use for work."

First of all, are those "mobile devices they use for work" all government issued? And, non-work-related applications might be things that do help with work, like a map application or something like Evernote. Without more clarification it seems premature to bash these workers.
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