7 BEST PRACTICES FOR MOBILE DATA SECURITY IN 2016

Filed under News by Melissa Thompson on June 21, 2016 at 8:46 AM

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In 2016, one of the most commonly discussed topics within technology and IT usage has been that of mobile data security. Given that most people today use some form of smartphone it should not be a great surprise that mobile data security is now such a major talking point.

Like any other form of IT or security, though, logic and taking precautions when possible pays off. If you are not sure what form of mobile data practices can help keep you safe from invasion and attack, consider the following security ideals:

Utilizing Cloud Storage Options

One of the best things a company can do to try and stay safe through mobile data management is to utilize a reliable cloud storage service. Having an option that allows for safe and easy access to important information on desktop and mobile means that, should data be compromised or lost, an easy to find and access back-up is always available.

Thanks to the high security standards of using the cloud today, having cloud storage options is the simplest and safest choice for mobile data security in 2016.

Setting Lock Codes

Another important option aside from having a good cloud storage solution is to make sure that all devices are locked. From using an encrypted password to a specific pattern on the opening screen of a mobile device, lock codes and patterns are a simple and effective way to keep information private on a mobile device.

Many might stick to a simple 4-digit PIN code, but a code that uses multiple letters, numbers and characters has the best chance of staying fresh and free from unwarranted inspection. Taking the time to appreciate having a bit of physical security is just as important as having safe and effective storage.

‘DNT’ Settings

One popular if rather underused method of keeping safe with mobile devices is to use a ‘Do Not Track’ feature on your mobile device when browsing. This means that websites cannot see where you have come from, meaning data collection can be minimized.

Why Does This Matter?

Because, data collection can be the starting point for sensitive information being discovered. Given that mobile devices tend to be easier to get into than a more robust desktop equivalent, it pays to be vigilant. Minimizing the level of data you share on a daily basis only reduces your chances of being attacked.

Anti-Malware

That’s right, you can get quality anti-malware selections for your machine now as well. This is very useful and will play a major role in helping you give your machine the help it needs in staying safe.

Android and iOS are very common for malware attacks today and having some form of anti-virus software should be a big part of your selection. This should go from being a recommendation to an absolute must for anyone who is using a mobile device for any kind of business or official work – it’s simply not worth the risk without one.

Encrypted Communication

It might sound a tad paranoid, but carrying out all of your conversations in an encrypted format is well worth taking the time to arrange. Wireless connections although convenient are very easy to intercept and tamper with, so it makes sense to encrypt all activity just to be safe.

Any communication between a company and cloud storage options via VPN management should be considered. By using a VPN you reduce the chances of being discovered and you also have far more robust security and encryption. Authentication is far more diverse in your own private server than in public!

Blocking Communication Options

Most people are fairly blasé about the communications they allow a piece of third-party software like an app to have. Many mobile devices are littered with software that is reading information they never knew about, and if they did would most likely be furious.

Take the time to go through every app installed and edit the permissions that they allow. Thanks to management of your apps you can make sure that an app isn’t giving access to important contact information and details without much security behind it. This should be an enforced policy in all businesses, too.

Security Auditing

One of your most helpful allies in the battle against cyber security invasions comes from performing regular security audits and penetration tests. Go through this at least once per year especially if you work within a business or operation.

Hiring a professional to carry out this audit for a company is a must, but for just a single smartphone a security audit can be self-managed. It’s entirely the decision of the security team but an annual audit using a penetration test to see just how good security is should be a must to stress-test all potential performance solutions.

So, as you can see, there are many solutions for high-end best practice within the world of cyber and mobile security. Take this into account and you can save yourself a huge amount of hassle in the future.

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