How did we ever live without mobile devices?
Isn’t it great to be able to quickly find the answer to a question, check directions, message a friend, and stay posted on any number of work and personal items of interest. Having one device to read email and keep so much important information is a great convenience, in fact some might say a necessity.
If Slick Willie Sutton was alive today instead of saying “I rob banks because that’s where the money is”, he might say I hack phones because that’s where passwords are stored.
MOBILE DEVICES ARE INCREASINGLY THE TARGETS OF ATTACK
Here are our top recommendations for safeguarding your mobile device:
- Start with a mobile device acceptable use policy for your business
- Provide staff with security awareness training
- Use a password manager app to securely store passwords
- Enable device encryption
- Lock all mobile devices with a pin, passcode, swipe, or fingerprint
- Change the pin, passcode, or swipe regularly
- Only install apps from trusted sources, primarily the official app store for your device
- Install security and app updates
- Use privacy controls to limit the information apps can access
- Limit which apps can access location services
- Disable Bluetooth and WiFi when not in use
- Don’t jail break your phone
- Backup information and photos regularly
- Enable track my phone feature
- If you must use public WiFi do so using a virtual private network (VPN) service
- If employees access sensitive information from their mobile devices, consider a mobile device management service