Best practices for keeping mobile data safe
posted by Ben Hayden on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in SHAZAM Blog
As technology becomes more and more a part of personal and work life, it’s important to take precautions to protect the stored data. If your employees use a smartphone or other mobile device for work purposes, follow these guidelines to protect business information.
- Turn off Bluetooth and auto-pairing when they aren’t being used
- Use updated Wi-Fi protected access or a virtual personal network, and never share your phone’s hotspot service set identifier with others
- Install mobile device management tools that allow the data and security controls to be controlled remotely
- Use a unique PIN made of at least six alphanumeric characters to lock smartphones
- Set devices to lock after three minutes of non-use, and never walk away without locking your device
- The oil on your fingers can leave a trail, giving away the passcode; remember to regularly clean the screen
- Encrypt your smartphone and SD card in the device’s settings
- Don’t store contacts or other sensitive information on the SIM card — it could be accessed even if the device is locked and encrypted
- Some app stores are good at keeping malware out, but others aren’t. Always read the reviews before downloading an app. If there are very few reviews or a high number of negative comments, don’t download
- Don’t store any data on your device that you can’t afford to lose
- Be familiar with the process for securing your data when a smartphone is lost or stolen
Don’t let a misplaced mobile device jeopardize the security at your institution. Give employees these guidelines to keep information safe from fraudsters.
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