Keeping private information safe has always been a priority, however more than ever, smartphone threat protection is of the utmost importance. According to Pew Research Center, 68 percent of American adults own a smartphone. This number only continues to grow as more businesses adopt the idea of BYOD. The more that employees and contractors use mobile devices to access organizational systems, application and data, the more important it is to protect such access. Here are CoreTech’s tips on how to avoid mobile security risks.
Require Strong Passwords
By creating a password standard you can ensure your business is protected. One key item in this process is to make sure you are changing and updating passwords every three months. This ensures that you are keeping your files safe and secure.
Here are some of CoreTech’s tips for passwords:
- Use a minimum password length of 10 characters.
- Include upper and lower case.
- Include special characters (!@#$%^&*).
- Use different passwords for different sites.
- Avoid passwords that repeat the same dictionary or common word (dogdog), letter or number sequences (asdf1234), a relative or family pet's name, birth dates, addresses and phone numbers are also a bad idea.
- Avoid using simple obfuscation by replacing letters with numbers of symbols that are similar. For example: p@ssw0rd.
- Avoid using common passwords (password, 123456, names, qwerty).
Control Third Party Software
Companies or organizations that issue mobile devices to employees should establish policies to limit or block the use of third-party software. New malware threats show both operating systems such as iOS and Windows are increasingly becoming targets for malware. In order to protect your business from malware, the best route is to set up mobile device management strategies. These strategies will address security, policies, staff training, device management, and applications to name a few. When set up correctly, businesses are much more likely to embrace today’s mobile world and benefit from it. No matter what industry, mobile device management strategies safe guard your data so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Keep it Secure and Safe
It’s all about your money! So what does this mean for your business? Smartphone owners should never give their financial information to any app or website they aren’t 100% comfortable with.
The number of businesses utilizing mobile payments continues to increase. So having all user data and passwords encrypted and secured within a password manager will help your business stay safe. CoreTech helps businesses like yours stay in control of their personal information with solutions ranging from mobile backup services to protection against viruses and malware.
Another quick tip for your business is to avoid using free hotspots. Many of them aren’t secure, and hackers with the appropriate tools can access the devices of other users on the network. Always make sure your hotspots are password secure so your device is protected the way it should be.
By taking appropriate steps to safeguard against loss, your employees and contractors will be able to take advantage of the incredible benefits that mobile devices can bring to the workplace. Let CoreTech help your business gain the competitive edge.