Smart mobile devices, like phones, tablets, laptops, and wearables have changed how we communicate in recent years. Mobile devices always allow us to stay connected no matter where we are. This revolutionary way of conducting personal and business communications means nearly everyone has an attachment to a mobile device.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are an estimated 200 million smart mobile devices in the United States and two billion such devices worldwide. With this level of connectivity, safe and secure adoption of mobile technology has become a priority for companies. Let's explore six ways to secure your mobile devices and keep your information out of the wrong hands.
Implement Strong, Complicated Passwords
Passwords are a critical barrier in protecting your sensitive data. Using a password that is easily guessed increases the likelihood of your accounts being breached. As a best practice, passwords should be a minimum of 12 characters and ideally 16 or more. Every password should include upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. In order to make it easy for you to remember, consider using a phrase.
Install the Latest Software Updates
The firmware on your mobile device can become vulnerable to outside threats the same way your computer can. Mobile device firmware companies, such as Apple and Google Android, will periodically roll out updates that include security patches to minimize the threats to your device. Be sure to update your device as these patches become available to mitigate risk.
Equip Your Device with Antivirus
An antivirus application helps keep your data secure and out of the hands of cybercriminals. Antivirus applications can block unsafe downloads from your device or track potential threats to avoid. They also allow you to clear your browsing history and delete cookies from your device.
Use Only Secure Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient since they allow you to connect and access the internet and other information no matter where you are. However, public networks are often not secure and allow cybercriminals access to the data that is transferred. Avoid conducting any sensitive transactions, such as financial or medical matters, on an open, public network.
Use a VPN
If you are unsure about a network's security status, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN allows users in multiple locations to securely access data and services from remote networks. By connecting with a VPN, you are able to use public networks while shielding your sensitive information from cybercriminals or hackers.
Encrypt Your Mobile Device
Encryption, the process of making data unreadable, helps prevent unauthorized access to your device. This can be done by locating the feature on your device and using a password to encrypt and protect it from prying eyes.
We rely heavily on our mobile devices every day and that is unlikely to change. Taking proactive steps to protect your mobile device should be a priority for individuals and companies that issue these devices. Though there is much to consider when it comes to securing your mobile device, it is important and can be made easier with the help of an experienced managed services partner (MSP).
An MSP develops, implements, supports, and maintains security solutions for all mobile devices. Partner with an experienced, expert MSP today. AJTC understands technology trends and stays ahead of the curve when it comes to technology solutions. Click here to contact us and learn more or call 708.942.8200.