There are many workers that want to use their own tablets and smartphones for both personal and work related usage. While convenient, this also introduces a lot of security issues for your work files and documents. If you fail to keep your device safe and free from hackers or peeking eyes, then you can compromise all the data your workplace has. These seven steps will help you keep your device safe and free from hackers.
Don’t Use Public WiFi
Going to your local coffee shop or bookstore typically lets you connect to free WiFi so you can browse the Internet. While these hotspots are convenient, they are also a hazard. Public WiFi spots often have little or no security, and it is very easy for a hacker to “listen” to the digital conversation occurring between your device and the Internet.
If you are going to access a WiFi network, then make sure you are accessing a safe one. It should have some security, like WPA or WEP encryption, and it should also be password protected. This will help keep the device and data safe.
Use Good Passwords To Help Mobile Device Management
One of the basic and strongest shields you have is a good password. Using a password that is a common word, especially “admin” or “guest,” is going to make it very easy for someone to break into your mobile device to steal confidential information.
Just use a strong password that is hard to guess by using a random arrangement of numbers, letters and symbols.
Keep Everything Updated
Your device gives you those annoying update messages for a reason. Most OS and application updates don’t seem to change anything on the outside, but there are a lot of internal changes that occur. The majority of these updates are made to address security issues that hackers are exploiting.
Always update your device when possible. If you can’t put down your device for a few minutes for the update, then schedule updates for once a week.
Use Security Features
Most tablets and smartphones have security features for this very purpose. The strongest passwords, antivirus programs and security features don’t mean a thing if someone can pick up your device and look at your files. Most devices allow you to set a password, and this keeps the device from being opened without inputting the password.
The security features differ based on your exact device and its OS, but you should always take advantage of the security features built into your device.
Don’t Use Autofill
The autofill feature allows you to fill out forms and password fields very easily. This feature typically fills out a long list of different forms within seconds, and it’s very convenient whenever you need to sign in to a website. At the same time, this makes it easy for a hacker to do the same thing.
Install Antivirus ProgramsWhen you need to keep work data safe, it is typically best to skip convenience and prioritize safety. Autofill features make your device vulnerable, so it is better to turn the feature off.
At the moment, there isn’t really a virus epidemic going around for tablets and smartphones. This will likely change when they become even more popular because hackers love attacking the most popular devices. The best way to beat this, and to keep your data safe, is to install an antivirus program on your device.
Some people may think that their Apple devices are safe from hackers because of the misconception that Apple computers and devices are don’t have viruses. The only reason they don’t have the same number of viruses is because Apple computers aren’t used as much. Hackers want to infect the highest number of computers, so that causes them to only make viruses for Windows computers.
Apple devices are very popular. This can cause a widespread virus attack at any moment, and an antivirus program can keep your data safe from external threats.
Don’t Share the Device
It’s easy to think of a security threat as a shadowy hacker surrounded by servers and full of nefarious intent. At the same time, most real security threats come from the people you know and trust.
For example, you let your best friend use your tablet to play a game app. He or she gets done with the game, so he or she looks around a little. Your friend then sees a text file and opens it. The file has a private memo that concerns a major change in the company that should only be seen by workers because the information isn’t public yet.
This can have devastating effects. The best thing you can do for security is to never share your device. If you do need to share the device, then make sure that all work and private files are protected with a password.
About the Author: David Malmborg works with Dell. He loves everything technology related. Right now he is learning more about Mobile Device Management you can learn more here. When he is not working he enjoys reading, hiking and writing about technology. For more information about mobile security, click here.