Whether you’re at home, at work, or on the go, you can never be too careful with mobile device security.
A leaked photo. A breach in company data. An employee who just downloaded the wrong app. Each of these situations can put your business at great risk for cybersecurity attacks.
To mitigate these risks, it’s crucial to do everything you can to protect your company’s mobile devices.
From training your team on device security to hiring a cybersecurity expert to audit your current practices, there’s a lot you can do to protect your business.
Let’s take a closer look at mobile device security and why it matters. We’ll also take a look at five mobile device vulnerabilities every company should be on the lookout for.
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What is mobile device security?
Mobile device security means taking measures to keep your portable devices safe from cyber threats and attacks. Cybercriminals specialize in these attacks in an attempt to violate your privacy and steal sensitive data.
Cybercriminals are on the hunt for:
Login and password information
Credit card information
Data they can sell
Money transfer information
Access to your email account
With this in mind, let’s take a look at seven specific things you can protect with mobile security measures.
How can mobile device security protect my business?
There are many ways mobile device security can protect your business and personal assets. From making sure information stays out of the wrong hands to being proactive about phishing prevention, there are several measures you can take to keep your data safe.
Let’s take a close look at what mobile device security can help you protect.
Mobile device security measures can help protect your:
You’ve worked hard to build a name for yourself and nurture your brand. The last thing you’d want is a security breach threatening your reputation. Because many people choose to ignore identity theft protection measures, they jeopardize their reputation on a regular basis.
Once identity fraud hits you, it can spread like wildfire. One minute you’re sending a bank wire to a vendor. The next minute you’re getting tens of emails confirming loan applications you never applied for.
Whether it’s stealing your passwords or hacking into your bookkeeping software, cybercriminals would love nothing more than to exploit your personal and business assets.
Are you doing research for a top-secret business collaboration, or to boost your revenue operations? Did you accidentally stumble upon an inappropriate site? Your internet history can be a major breeding ground for cybercrimes and privacy issues if you don’t have preventative measures in place.
You might think your business doesn’t have sensitive information. But the truth is, every business does. If you file taxes, sign contracts, hire employees, or order inventory, your business has sensitive information you need to protect.
Did you know that stolen passwords are one of the easiest and most common causes of data breaches? Even complex passwords can be compromised without security measures in place.
5 vulnerabilities to watch out for on mobile devices
The best way to get familiar with mobile vulnerabilities is to hire a cybersecurity expert to audit your current practices. If you’re a business, hiring an in-house expert or Chief Security Officer (CSO) is highly recommended. Not only can an expert give you a crash course on all things cybersecurity, but they can also create a custom prevention plan for your business.
Staying on top of financial information vulnerabilities is essential to preventing major business losses and security breaches.
To protect your business’s financial assets, practice the following tips:
Avoid public WiFi networks
Use a password manager tool, like LastPass
Turn off your Bluetooth settings
Enable two-factor authentication on all devices
Keep your operating systems up to date
Consider using biometric security technology, such as fingerprint scanning, on all of your devices
2. Poor password creation and management
Just about every program, tool, or app you use requires a password, even some online newspapers and blogs. For instance, this page on SaaS examples asks users to log in to access the full content. With stolen credentials being the most common cause of data breaches, it’s critical to prioritize having strong password hygiene.
To promote password hygiene:
Put secure locks on all of your devices
Set up a clear device protocol if someone enters an incorrect password multiple times
Use a password management tool
Change your passwords frequently
Choose a different password for each login
Never choose a password based on personal information
Never share your passwords with anyone
Choose complex passwords that include various characters, upper and lower case letters, special characters, and numbers
3. Opening fraudulent emails or messages
It’s easy to get stuck in a routine of checking your email on autopilot. But taking a lax approach to email security is a quick way to set yourself up for cybersecurity crimes.
To keep email security top of mind, implement the following tips:
Only open emails from addresses you know and trust
Install email security software on all of your devices
Screen a new user thoroughly before responding to their message
Delete emails or messages you suspect could be fraudulent
Report fraudulent emails to your email service provider
Warn your team about the latest email scams and cybercrimes
4. Visiting unsecured sites
With 1.88 billion [*] websites on the internet and counting, it only makes sense that you’ll come across an unsecured website every now and then.
From stealing company data to infecting your hardware with viruses, unsecured websites can cause damage in a matter of seconds.
To prevent unwanted cybersecurity crimes from spammy sites, follow these best practices:
Set up virus protection software on all of your devices
Train your staff on virus prevention practices
Train your staff on how to spot unsecured websites
Only download files you know and trust
Keep your virus protection software updated
Pay attention to security warnings that pop up on your computer
Pay attention to internet browser warnings
Make sure security warnings are legitimate before trusting a source or clicking a link
If you suspect a site has a virus, leave the site immediately by clicking on the top right corner of the screen
Restart your computer if you suspect it was in contact with a spammy website
5. Downloading unsecured apps
With apps comes an influx of security risks — and we’re not just talking about malware and viruses. We’re talking about the potential for major privacy nightmares.
Here’s what we recommend doing to prevent unwanted cybersecurity and privacy risks:
Only download apps you know and trust
Use a no log VPN if you’re using a device in public
Keep your apps up to date
Research apps thoroughly before downloading them
Use Google Play Protect to check your apps for harmful behavior
Think carefully before granting app permissions
Never download apps from unofficial stores
Are you currently using any of these tips? Which tips would you like to implement next? Let us know in the comments below.
Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.
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