A Verizon study found that one third of businesses have admitted to having suffered a security breach due to mobile devices. According to the same study, 80% of businesses knew that mobile device usage was causing a significant gap in their network security. However, banning mobile device use at work is not an option. These mobile devices offer productivity benefits that are too great to be ignored. Employees will likely continue to use them. How can you ensure that your data stays safe while it travels with you and your employees.
Basic Cybersecurity Protection for All Operating Systems
These security protocols are easy to implement, regardless of the operating system or device model.
Secure passcode and fingerprint recognition are possible. These features will not only protect you but also your employees. Encourage employees to enable these security features on their devices. Provide internal support to assist less-technical employees in setting this up and troubleshooting common issues with unlocking the device using these features. This will help protect your data in case it is lost or stolen, and it will prevent unauthorized persons from accessing it if left unattended.
Use a VPN. VPNs provide a secure connection between your phone and a private server that encrypts your data. They also bypass public networks and allow you to access your data from anywhere in the world. This helps to protect your data and encrypts it while it travels between points.
Enable data encryption. Enable data encryption on both Android and iPhone devices. It is highly recommended that your employees activate this feature. Spreadprivacy.com provides detailed instructions for how to secure both Android and iPhone phones.
Remote wipe capabilities can be set up. You can remotely lock or erase your device depending on its manufacturer. This function is available on both Android and Apple devices.
- Google devices
- Samsung devices
- Verizon devices
iPhone users can get mobile protection
All Apple iPhone models will come with the following security features, regardless of their model. However, older models may not be able take advantage of the latest iOS and may need to be upgraded. Here are 10 ways to keep your iPhone safe.
Regularly update the iOS. So you don’t have the hassle of looking for updates, opt in to automatic software updates via your phone.
- Enable 2FA (Two-factor Authentication).
- After 10 unsuccessful attempts to access your phone, set the phone to “self destruct” or wipe it all.
- Activate “Find My iPhone”
- Avoid public WiFi.
- Only trustable iPhone charging stations should be used
- Regularly change your iTunes and iCloud passwords.
- You can revoke permissions for your microphone, camera, and other devices.
- Passcodes that exceed 4 numbers should be used
- Siri access cannot be disabled from the lock screen.
Mobile Protection for Android Users
Android devices are great because you can choose from a wide range of features and manufacturers. These may have different features and functionality but here are some tips to protect your Android device.
- Only purchase Androids from vendors that are proactive in releasing security patches.
- Use 2FA (Two-factor authentication).
- You can take advantage of security features built in.
- Passwords should not be saved.
- Only purchase apps through Google Play
- Always back up your device’s data.
- Encrypt your device. (See the instructions above).
- Connecting to public WiFi is a risky business. Also, make sure you secure your WiFi networks.
- Use the Android security application.
- Install a VPN.