Nine Tips To Keep Mobile Devices Safe

The reality is, mobile devices are less safe than desktop computers. Boosting security on such devices is essential if you use them in business.

Information on your team members’ mobile devices is no longer limited to just phone numbers and contacts. They now contain much more significant data, such as emails, passwords, and other account details.

That’s why keeping those mobile devices secure is key to shielding your reputation and minimizing the risk of losing money.

Fortunately, you can implement robust safety measures to protect your smartphones and tablets. This article will cover the nine best practices in improving cybersecurity on mobile devices.

Establish a sound security policy

Before issuing tablets or smartphones to your teams, create an effective usage policy. Define rules about acceptable use and determine the penalties for violating them.

Your employees must be aware of the security risks and measures that can help them reduce the risks. They should know that they are the first line of defense against cybercrime.

Ensure the operating system is up to date

Updating Android and iOS operating systems improve overall user experience, but their most significant role is in addressing security vulnerabilities.

Therefore, install updates as soon as the developer rolls them out to reduce exposure to cybersecurity threats.

Enable password protection

A complex password or PIN can help prevent cybercriminals from accessing mobile devices. Besides using alphanumeric combinations, you can also use facial or fingerprint recognition, depending on what suits your employees.

If you opt for digits and letters, don’t share the combination with people outside your company. On top of that, be sure that your staff doesn’t store them on their phones. Unmarked folders and physical wallets are a much safer option.

Only install business apps

Lenient download policies can allow your team members to install non-business apps. Downloading such apps might seem harmless, but they are also infamous for their harmful advertising codes and many other threats.

To mitigate this risk, tell your employees they can only download and use apps necessary for their roles.

Avoid public Wi-Fi

Your team may need to use public Wi-Fi networks in emergencies to send crucial emails or schedule a meeting. However, connecting to such networks can expose confidential company information to cybercriminals using the same network.

The easiest way to minimize this risk is to provide a high-quality Internet plan that features roaming services for your remote workers.

Leverage phone tracking

Losing company-issued mobile devices is unfortunate, but it’s not the end of the world.

Enabling Android Phone Tracker, Find My Phone on iOS, or other device-tracking software can help locate your lost smartphones. Some programs also enable you to remove data on your stolen devices remotely.

Installing these apps takes a couple of minutes and gives you much-needed peace of mind. With it, even if your staff loses their mobile device, cybercriminals are less likely to get their hands on the content.

Use mobile device management (MDM)

For even more security, you may want to integrate with a reliable MDM. It’s an excellent way to separate personal and business information while allowing your team members to set up robust security measures on their devices.

In most cases, cloud-based software is the most affordable, flexible, and manageable type of MDM. Many platforms let you check out device information, update and manage apps, configure your devices, create restrictions, and remove content remotely.

Screen messages

Cybercriminals frequently employ SMS phishing to trick your team into clicking dangerous links. They pose as someone credible, asking your staff to share confidential information.

If your employees encounter such messages, they should delete them or alert the IT department. Another great idea is to avoid opening the SMS and block the sender.

Practice blocking and whitelisting

Many threats can compromise your company due to employee errors. For example, a team member may not realize they’re downloading a malicious app that allows thieves to steal data from their mobile devices. Blocking and whitelisting can enable you to protect your employees from these risks by determining which sites and apps are safe.

Mobile Device Management Is Key In Securing Your Network

by Jeremy Miller, Technician
Mobile devices have been finding their way into the workplace since the cell phone was invented. Since the evolution of mobile devices in the workplace is rapidly growing and changing it can be hard to make sure that your device is not leaking company information intentionally or even unintentionally.

Information Technology (IT) has had to evolve alongside mobile technology and how to secure devices without restricting too much access.

There are usually two options of allowing mobile devices in the workplace. You can provide your employees with a company owned device or you can allow them to use their personal device.

Providing your employees with a company owned device allows you to monitor every detail about the phone including calls, messages, installed apps and location of the device. This is possible because the employee can expect no privacy from the company on this device.

When you allow an employee to use their own device at work you have to take their personal privacy in consideration. You might not want to monitor their phone calls, messages and apps installed.

Instead you can make the device more secure. You can install monitoring software that will allow you to lock the device if it gets lost, wipe the device if you know it may have fallen into the wrong hands, or find the device by using GPS location.

We have the ability to install our monitoring software onto any Android or iOS device and choose a profile that will suit a personally owned device, a company owned device or we can even customize a plan that will suit your needs even more specifically.

Since mobile devices are prone to getting lost or stolen they need to be protected in the best way that you can. In most cases installing monitoring software is the best solution.

This is because we can monitor the phone without interfering with the device usage. Once the device is compromised we can act quickly to get the device secured.

On the other hand if you notice an employee is acting suspiciously you can monitor their phone usage to determine if they are wasting time or acting maliciously against the company and take action before something more serious happens.

The best part about managing your mobile devices through Tech Experts, is that we are very competitive with other personal phone security managers out there in both price and features.

Our prices are very affordable and services can be easily customized to meet your needs.

It takes just about as long as installing an app to your phone as it does to setup our management software on any mobile device running Android or iOS.

You will be able to rest assured that your mobile devices are virtually safe from data loss, your employees are using their resources and time accordingly, and in the event of an issue we will be there to assist you in any way we can.

If you are interested in trying out our mobile device management service please contact us and we will be happy to help you with any questions.