Mobile Device Security Mistakes

Posted by Stefanie Kober Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, have helped businesses worldwide further productivity and on-the-go working. However, among the added convenience comes plenty of security concerns. A mobile device security breach can have serious repercussions for your business including reputational risk and lawsuits.

Below is what we consider the top 3 mistakes users can make with their mobile devices:

Storing Sensitive, Work-Related Data on an Unauthorized or Unmanaged Device

Storing your company's sensitive data on your private device is especially dangerous as hackers are increasingly targeting mobile devices. For example, according to Network World, “smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have become the target of malware and are even getting hit by highly targeted attacks known as "advanced persistent threats" that intended to steal sensitive data, according to a survey of 676 IT and security professionals.”

Failing to Enable a Password

While it may not be the most effective form of security, a password is the first line of defense against anyone who is physically trying to break into your mobile device. Furthermore, locking your device can help protect your device long enough to track it down or remotely wipe it after it has been lost or stolen.

Not Installing a Security Solution

Not equipping employees' devices with some form of MDM or encryption is a huge mistake as it can significantly reduce your device’s vulnerability to malicious apps and malware.

A certain way to avoid a mobile device security mistake is to utilize a solution like HOBLink Mobile. This intelligent App allows users secure remote access to company data without storing them on the device. If this is lost or stolen, no sensitive company data are exposed.

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