Mobile devices have become more and more relevant in the world of business. These devices – laptops, tablets, cell-phones, etc. are now being used for day-to-day operation in business and can be a major security threat if not taken care of properly.
Here are 3 mobile security basics to help protect your business!
1. Set A Pin Or Passcode
This will be your first line of defense. If someone wants to access your device, they will first need to break this code. This is not an easy task, and can operate as a deterrent against theft. Some device manufacturers have an option to automatically wipe your device after a few unsuccessful attempts at your passcode or pin; so, even if your phone gets stolen, your information cannot be accessed. For this reason, you should look for MSPs that offer mobile device management (MDM) in their portfolio of services.
2. Remote Locate And Wipe Tools
There are thousands of applications out there, and many consist of more than just crushing candy or shooting birds at pigs. Certain software(s) can help you locate your lost or stolen device through the use of GPS. Apple offers a service like this for their mobile devices called “Find my iPhone“. For Android users, the “Android Device Manager“ offers these services. Windows Mobile users also have this option from the Windows Phone website.
3. Keep Your Device Clean
Utilizing an Antivirus and Malware scanner is never a bad idea. Phones today now function like mini-computers, and just like your “big” computer – they need to be cleaned up from time to time. Malware and Virus threats can compromise the information stored on your mobile devices. Malware works like a snowball effect, and can continuously pile up until it slows or stops your device. Look for an MSP that offers Malwarebytes as a solution to this problem for both mobile devices and computers. It will keep your end points clean and secure from outsiders. Consider Webroot as an antivirus application that scans your downloaded apps and devices for any threats. Many MSPs offer Webroot antivirus in their managed IT services package. Equipped with Internet security, this defense will give you a heads up if it detects any malicious activity from your device’s browser.