If you use any kind of mobile device, including smartphones or tablets, security and safety are probably already a top concern, but this can become even more relevant if you’re using your mobile device to work. Even if you’re not using your cell phone as your primary mode for completing work, more than likely you are using it for tasks like checking email, opening documents and sending messages to colleagues.
Mobile devices are even increasingly being used as the primary mode of information and data transmission if you’re working to sell your business, make a deal, or have the need to share financial records and sensitive documents. However, despite the convenience of doing so, Firmex reports in their “Due Diligence Checklist” that security concerns continue to grow in severity and occurrence.
So how do you avoid the security threats that come with mobile devices, particularly when it involves work, financial or general business data?
Choose the Right Apps
If you’re using apps for any reason on your phone, it’s important to make sure you’re selecting ones that have a reputation for providing the utmost in security. For example, if you’re using a messaging app on your phone look for something that includes encryption. You definitely want something more secure than standard text messaging, particularly if confidential or sensitive business data is being exchanged. Business News Daily names options like Gliph and Wickr, both of which are considered incredibly secure.
Lock Your Screen
While it seems intuitive, so many people don’t have a lock on their screen, so if your phone were to be stolen, your business data would be almost instantly put at risk. This is one of the fastest and simplest ways you can keep your business information safe when you work on a smartphone or mobile device. Also, if you think typing a password into your phone each time you use it is an annoyance, consider data from Norton that says 25 percent of smartphone users have had their device stolen or have lost it.
Enable Remote Wiping
Let’s say you do lose your phone or it’s stolen. It’s important to be able to get rid of the information that may be on that device. Some apps let you wipe confidential or sensitive information from your phone remotely, so even if you don’t have your device, the world doesn’t have your information. You can also use a tracking app that will show the location of your phone if it is lost.
Get Rid of Your information and Files Before Getting a New Phone
Most people might think about the importance of maintaining a secure device while they’re using it, but what happens when you get rid of it by selling it, donating it or recycling it? It’s important to make sure all data, files, and information are completely wiped before you do so. If you’re a business owner, and you want to make sure you protect business data, consider creating a system for wiping personal devices after an employee leaves the company.