Mobile devices have become our best friends, whether in our personal life or business. As an entrepreneur, your dependence on mobile devices is greater compared to an average individual. In addition to the usual uses, mobile devices can help in managing the business, getting the work done and processing payments. However, the use of mobile devices opens up your business security risks. These avenues that we rely on to find, store and exchange information are dangerous too. Be it an Android or an Apple, hackers are targeting these for quick financial gains.
Fortunately, with mobile device security best practices and technical measures, you can prevent your data from being lost or being hacked. Below are essential security measures to consider when you need to protect your Android or Apple devices:
Setting an auto-lock and passcode
Lost or stolen devices are still the number-one mobile threat. You can safeguard your device against the risk when you use a passcode that’s hard to guess using the device’s password protection feature. Also, configure the device so that it automatically locks after a short duration of inactivity.
Although the passcode-based lock seems inconvenient, it is very useful since it will protect your data when your device gets into wrong hands. You can also use the fingerprint sensing system to unlock your mobile device. Despite all these, be sure to take care of your devices and avoid leaving them unattended.
Keeping the apps and operating systems updated
Hackers work thoroughly to ensure that they discover any new vulnerability in the operating system or apps of the devices. They use this for their own benefit without your knowledge. App developers and device manufacturers update their software frequently so as to fix the security gaps they have exploited. However, when you don’t download and install such updates, you will be vulnerable.
Make sure that the updates to the device apps and operating system are updated promptly. You can choose to get advised whenever there are updates instead of having them installed automatically. Just make sure that you install your updates on time.
Downloading apps from trusted platforms
Mobile malware continues to rise, and it’s a security threat for mobile device users. Malware sneaks in by copying the real apps. This tricks users into installing apps from untrustworthy websites.
Always install applications from trusted sources such as Apple App Store or Google Play store. These sources are careful about the applications they avail, and they withdraw the ones that raise concerns. Consider checking the rating of an app and reading the reviews to ensure that they are respected and widely used.
Be discrete when granting access to apps
Apps generally declare permission they need when you install them. You are informed of what it needs to access, and then you can choose to deny or grant it. This includes authorization to access contacts information, access camera, etc.
Check the permissions and application requests before granting any access. In case the permissions don’t make sense, or it wants something you are not comfortable with, do not download the application.