How to Keep Mobile Devices and Data Secure

Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented during the WWDC 2014 event that 99 percent of Android phones are malware infected and stated how iOS phones are more secure. Although Cook's statement may or may not be correct, one thing’s for sure — you need to protect information and data on your smart phone.

Mobile Security Trends

Reports suggest that one out of five enterprises in the US will see a budget increase of 10 percent. Today’s mobile security trends aim at employee satisfaction and productivity. Companies are also looking forward to containerization or the process of separating enterprise data from personal information. Containerization helps keep business data and apps secure on employee smart devices. Blackberry, for instance, has the separate container approach where you can securely store your enterprise data in a different part of the device. This separation protects the app regardless of what other types of apps exist on the device. In fact, organizations are increasingly adopting MDM and MAM technologies today, as discussed below. Here is a look at how you can keep your mobile data safe and the security trends today.

How to Keep Mobile Devices Secure

Contrary to popular belief, your smart phone requires protection. You can keep your mobile device secure by doing three simple things: encrypting data, having a malware protection app, and being careful when traveling to international locations. Here is a look at how these three things can help keep you safe and secure.

    1. Important information needs to be encrypted!

Your smart phone device will probably have an option to encrypt the hardware. You can turn on the option by going to the Settings menu. You will then be able to password protect all your data in the phone, and anyone trying to access the data would have to provide the correct passcode — which of course, isn’t easy.

    1. Malware Attack

If viruses were what threatened people the last decade, it is malware that is the more dangerous among the two today. Malware helps hackers steal important information from your device that can include your passwords and credit card details as well. This is indeed a major problem in Android smart phones, and you need to install a malware detection and removal app. Luckily, antivirus software providers including Quick heal and Avast offer apps that help ward off malware threats.

    1. Border alert!

What happens when you land in a new country? Remember, laws vary between different countries, and when you land in a foreign country’s airport, security can search you and your belongings. Within your belongings, they can search your laptops and smart phones for data. Of course, you will never know whether your data has been compromised.

How to Keep Mobile Data Secure

You can keep your mobile data secure by following simple steps. Keeping your eyes open and using your smart phone judiciously can prevent the compromise of your data. Some of the important things to remember are:

  • Know whether you are using http or https. The "s" at the end denotes that you are browsing securely and can help you protect your data and credit card details when online.
  • Add passwords. Remember to pass protect your phone.
  • Don’t accept emails and requests from strangers, and if you do, be cautious when dealing with them.
  • Use a find-your-phone tool. If you are on iOS, there is the built-in way to track your phone. In case you lose it, tracking your phone through this software can help you get your phone back.
  • Avoid fraudulent Wi-Fi networks. This includes connecting to Wi-Fi networks that you do not know or cannot verify — there is always the chance that someone may be stealing some information.

MDM/MAM Technology

MDM and MAM are two different sets of technologies employed by organizations to protect data on smart devices.

Mobile Device Management (MDM), as the name suggests, helps enterprises have complete control over the devices, allows them to enforce specific policies, and helps them remotely lock devices or even wipe data off them. No wonder, MDM technology helps you have complete control over your device.

Mobile Application Management (MAM) technology differs in the sense that it helps businesses create security layers in the device for their own corporate apps and data. This ensures that all important data and apps related to the business are secured while other personal data and information is untouched.

Companies today are also looking at context for keeping information secure. Context uses the situation at hand and responds accordingly. For businesses, context can enable employees to protect smart phone information when they leave work or when a situation may compromise the data.

However, context is still in a developing stage and so has to be coupled with either MDM or MAM technology to secure information and data.

What does it mean?

Companies today need to use a number of measures to keep their private information safe. The number one worry for companies is how to keep company data on their employee's mobiles safe — a worry that they can resolve through an effective strategy that uses both MDM and MAM technology coupled with the use of context.

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