April 16, 2020

The mobile phone: a lifeline or a liability?

Most people forget that their personal mobile phone is a huge data security liability.

Data on emails, apps and connections needs as much security on your mobile as for the rest of the organisation.

Every app on your phone – from the official to the casual – provides an access point for hackers, the potential for code to fail, the ability to track and trace the phone and so on.

From a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) point of view, the personal data held on your phone (whether work or social networks) can be at risk. Any breach in that data that allows others to get hold of the details is going to make you far less popular (as well as being potentially liable to legal prosecution).

What to do to secure your mobile?

Mobiles are a vital tool in our modern business armoury.

But for your mobile:

  1. Ensure you keep your apps and software are up to date.
  2. Be careful which apps you download.
  3. If the phone changes behaviour, follow up.
  4. Ideally have a separate phone for work.
  5. Be careful what data you use/store.
  6. Lock the home page with password.
  7. Use a difficult password to hack.
  8. Don’t charge from public power sockets.
  9. Use two factor authentification.
  10. Encrypt hotspots and password lists.
  11. Don’t allow jailbreaking (iPhones) or rooting (Android).
  12. Use VPNs when you can – assuming you know whose they are.

Developed from https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-make-phone-safe-security-tips-2019-9?r=US&IR=T

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