Four Things to do to Keep Mobile Devices Safe

Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, November 25, 2021

 Since practically every employee these days has various devices that they utilize to access company applications and services, mobile security has become a major concern.

Fremont, CA:It's difficult enough for businesses to be secure these days, but it's even more difficult now that so many people rely on mobile devices. The threat posed by mobile devices is now bigger than ever. There is a pool of good information out there, but there are four critical things that a company should do to keep mobile devices safe.

          Avoid using public Wi-Fis

When users connect to another organization's network, they increase their chance of being infected with malware and being hacked. Even a novice hacker can intercept communications travelling over Wi-Fi, gaining access to sensitive information such as credit card details, bank account numbers, passwords, and other private data, due to a plethora of online films and easily accessible tools. Even though most individuals are aware that public Wi-Fi and Bluetooth provide a significant security risk, many people opt to neglect it.

        Turn on user authentication

If someone loses their tablet or smartphone, the first thing they should do is make sure that all of their mobile devices have screen locks switched on and that they require a password or PIN to unlock. The device has a wealth of personal information. Face ID and Touch ID are available on most devices, making access more convenient but not necessarily more secure. They must ensure that ALL of their devices are secured via user authentication, regardless of the method they use.

        Remote lock and data wipe

Every company should have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that includes a tight remote lock and data wipe policy. When a mobile device is suspected of being stolen or misplaced, the company can protect the data on it by remotely erasing the device or, at the very least, limiting access.

       Regularly update operating systems (OS)

The chance of a business being hacked increases dramatically if it uses obsolete software. Apple, Google, and Microsoft, for example, release security updates on a regular basis to stay ahead of security flaws. Users of any device should not disregard warnings to upgrade their laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Companies must ensure that automatic software updates are enabled by default on their mobile devices to aid with this. Updating their operating system regularly guarantees that they have the most up-to-date security configurations.