Protect Your Business: 7 Mobile Security Solutions Your Company Needs to Know Now
By Carlene Kurdziel for America's Backbone Weekly
The increase of private information stored on your computer and mobile phone has hackers cultivating new techniques to get their hands on sensitive business and personal information. Businesses must now find ways to keep their private information from falling into the wrong hands.
Below are seven mobile security options to help you keep your company's phones safe:
1. Install Mobile Device Management (MDM) Software
As the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution continues in the modern workplace, the need for mobile device management (MDM) continues to grow.
MDM software allows you to manage, configure, support and secure multiple devices from one core console, allowing employees to access sensitive company information without compromising the integrity or security of an organization. Maas 360, consistently ranks as a leader in the MDM industry and offers a free 30-day trial of its MDM software for up to 100 devices.
2. Enable Encryption on Mobile Devices
Encryption refers to the scrambling of data from a mobile phone into ciphertext - the result being that a hacker trying to read your data would be unable to decipher the text. When going wireless, there are two types of encryption: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wired Equivalency Privacy (WEP). WPA2 is often the most secure setting, so if given the option, that is your best bet in securing your network. Wireless routers often come with the encryption feature turned off so make sure that is switched to on. It's important that your computer, router and devices are using the same encryption to ensure that you're being protected against hackers.
Encrypting your data on a mobile phone can be done by accessing the security section in the phone's settings. For Android owners, plug in your phone and go to Settings > Security and select the "Encrypt phone" option and create a password of at least six characters. The encryption process takes 60 minutes. For iPhone owners, set up a passcode lock if you haven't already under Settings > General > Passcode Lock. Once you have a passcode set up, your iPhone automatically encrypts data such as iMessages, mail messages and attachments and data from any apps on your phone that support data encryption.
3. Implement Password Management Solutions
If you're searching for an affordable method to keep hackers at bay, investing in password management software may be your best option.
Strong and varied passwords are the gatekeepers of a company's sensitive information and password management software secures and stores these passwords for you. Some services, such as Dashlane, offer password management for free on your first device.
4. Secure Your Wireless Network
Creating a seamlessly secure wireless network isn't as daunting as it sounds, and can prevent hackers from gaining control of your computers via your wireless network. Without certain precautions, your wireless network is at risk of being used and accessed by hackers or people outside of your company. By simply limiting access to your wireless network you can make it harder for hackers to gain access to your network. This can be done by only allowing certain Media Access Control (MAC) addresses to connect to your router. Most routers will give you the option to select which MAC addresses you would like to allow access to. Change the name of your router from the default it comes with to create new secure passwords.
5. Install a Firewall
A firewall guards your internet connection and protects your computer from malicious attacks. This is done by operating with set parameters to determine which information your computer does and does not receive. The firewall monitors the traffic entering your computer network, blocks Trojans and hackers, as well as keyloggers - a computer program that records every keystroke made by a computer user, especially in order to gain fraudulent access to passwords and other confidential information.
Windows computers come with built-in firewall software, but it's important that a security expert installs and configures your computer's firewall appropriately. On any operating system it is always good to get expert advice on security tips and how to ensure your data is protected.
6. Invest in Anti-Virus Software
Having anti-virus software on your computer goes hand in hand with installing a firewall. Anti-virus software scans and protects your computer from malicious attacks and prevents tools like keyloggers from secretly being installed on your computers. This type of software scans individual files, providing real-time protection of sensitive information.
7. Use External Backups
Nowadays, there are many storage applications that you can set up to automatically backup sensitive business data to the Cloud. But with an increase in hackers abilities the Cloud may not always be your most secure option. For added protection, back up critical information onto external hard drives to diminish the chance of hackers retrieving sensitive information.
Thanks to a wide range of technology, protecting equipment and phones from a data breach has never been so simple.
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