Remote working environments mean there is a greater need for device security than in the past.
Keeping mobile technology secure is just as important as keeping our IT infrastructure in the office safe, yet often overlooked. Securing data is not only important, but it is also essential to protecting your business. Laptops, smartphones, and tablets hold plenty of valuable information that a cybercriminal would love to get their hands on.
Here are some recommendations on ways to improve your device security.
- Encrypt Everything
It is advisable to use the built-in hardware protection that your devices may already be equipped with. Starting with one of the simplest methods, and that is to protect your device by creating a passcode to open it up. While it may be a nuisance to have to punch in this passcode each time you want to use your device, it is one of the easiest methods to deter an amateur thief. Your device will have other advanced techniques that are worth looking into as well.
Malware continues to be a growing concern, and you might be surprised to know it is coming from apps downloaded onto your device. It is important to research before downloading anything onto your phone, tablet or laptop. Ensure that you are checking sources on the creators of the apps you are installing on your devices. What types of permissions is the app asking for and does it make sense for that particular app? You ought to look for a different choice if the photo app is asking for permission to see your contact list. Be web smart even when on your smartphone and tablet.
- Data Backup
Take the time to ensure you are backing up the data on your phone or tablet on a regular basis. If your device has been damaged, wiped, lost or stolen, you want the capability of accessing the files that were on your device. Companies take the necessary steps to ensuring that the information in the office is backed up but often forget about mobile devices. Many times we don’t think about this but creating a monthly reminder will help.
Hackers are always finding new and improved ways to get at your information, and we should all take the time to update our device as the updates are created. The developers of the products we rely on to keep us mobile are updating for vulnerabilities on a regular basis, and it is important to install the patches that are intended to ward off potential risks.
Security-to-go is necessary for today’s business market. With meetings taking place outside our offices as well as in them and a workforce that demands products to make this happen, it is important to remember that these devices are just as valuable to cyber thieves as the technology equipment in our offices. Ensuring that all IT devices are managed and protected is necessary to keep us secure.