The recent security vulnerabilities highlighted by Apple have brought into focus how important it is to keep your business phones secure. Not only could any cyber- criminal activity be damaging to the user, but it could also have a significant impact on the business as a whole, exposing potentially sensitive and business critical information into the wrong hands.
Keeping your smartphone at its most secure is the culmination of a number of different activities, which can include:
Keeping your phone locked
If your device is stolen, people could obtain access to your personal or business information. To prevent this, ensure that all devices have some form of lock on their screen. Fingerprint or face recognition is best, but for lower end models a pattern or passcode can be just as effective. Also ensure that the locking of the device occurs in the shortest time that the phone remains idle.
Creating a strong password for your phone and apps
Ensure that any apps used for business purposes have a strong password to access. In many cases, if a password attempt fails a certain number of times, the phone will lock, disable, and in some cases even erase all data. Many business users do not change the default passwords on apps, leaving them vulnerable to hackers.
Being wary of text messages
Text messages are an easy target for mobile malware, so be cautious about any unusual text messages received by business users. If the message is asking to follow a link, there is often a potential that it is smishing (phishing via text) and they are becoming more and more popular with criminals. If you receive a message purporting to be from a business, it’s always best to check that it is genuine by calling the business to make sure.
Checking your browser for the lock symbol
The lock icon in the browser’s address bar indicates that you are on a secure connection and that the website you are using has an up-to-date security certificate. If you are using your business phone to make purchases, it’s best to use secure sites such as these.
Ensuring your apps are from reputable sources
Always download apps from official app stores. Cybercriminals create fake mobile apps that mimic trusted brands so they can obtain users’ confidential information. Deleting apps you no longer use or want is also good practice.
Keeping your device’s OS up-to-date
Updating your mobile phone operating system is good practice anyway, as it is likely to improve your experience. Operating system updates on a smartphone help to avoid new threats identified by the manufacturer.
Connecting to secure Wi-Fi
Modern mobile business allows us to access the internet wherever we go. To maximise your safety while using public Wi-Fi, connect to a virtual private network or VPN. A VPN encrypts your data, protecting your location and keeping your information secure.
Encrypting your data
If a business phone is lost or stolen, sensitive information like emails, contacts, and financial information could be at risk. To protect your business mobile phone data, you can encrypt it, so that it is unreadable to anyone else. Most phones have encryption settings that you can control via the security menu.
Deploy a secure MDM layer
Complete Voice & Data can both supply, and help you deploy IBM MaaS360 with Watson across all your IOS Devices. This will add a richer layer of security across your fleet, with containerisation, secure browser, content management, mobile app security, mobile threat management, and more…..
If you would like any more advice about mobile security, or what your business could do to boost the security of your mobile fleet, please do not hesitate to contact Complete Voice & Data.