Increasing mobile phone security…

March 21, 2012

With the increasing use of Smartphones and Mobile phones in businesses, onus has been placed on the level of security. Most Smartphones boast a range of functions that allow business users the benefits of having a PC in their pocket. They can now access important company data, communicate remotely and access emails as well as other documents that are either saved in the Cloud or on their company’s server.

It is therefore crucial that business owners educate their staff on the simple ways they can protect important information from malicious attacks.

This form of technology is new. We often do not appreciate how naïve we can be in understanding the types of threats and damage we are vulnerable to in this online world.

Here are some quick handy tips that will allow you a peace of mind paving the way for a safe transition into Smartphone usage, allowing you to increase productivity within your business and limit the risks that can occur.

  1. Encryption of data
    Encrypting data on the devices is essential. If a device is stolen or lost, even if the SIM card is stolen, someone will be able to access data if proper encryption has not been installed onto the device.
  2. Initiate security processes for using mobile devices for work
    Ensure your staff use strong passwords in order to access company data, maintaining this is a must as this will allow even further protection of data stored on the phone if it were to be lost or stolen.
  3. Software updates
    Smartphones should be treated like PCs. Software updates must be installed as these often protect the device from new viruses that can threaten important data.
  4. Data back-up
    With the growing migration to the Cloud, companies must accordingly ensure that information is always backed up and ensure the access areas are protected.
  5. Be wary of Bluetooth connections.
    Many people are unaware of how threatening it can be to enable Bluetooth Connection. Furthemore, a phone’s Bluetooth connection is often on by default. This means that the device will search for other Bluetooth-enabled devices to connect to and could result in malware being loaded onto the phone.

These are just simple tips that are easy to implement yet also easy to forget. We can be quite naïve about the Cloud, online sharing, remote access and data sharing. If we want to enjoy the benefits of Smartphone functionality, we should ensure that we have these processes in place to avoid the risk that cybercrime can do to damage our business.

Written by abica

Abica is a Glasgow based business telecoms and IT provider. Together with our IT Division, pcr, we provide businesses with a full range of high quality telecoms and IT products and services tailored to fit around your business.

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