The personal information we carry around on our smartphones is just as powerful as the information stored on our computers. Actually, it’s becoming increasingly more powerful.
The trend in enterprise today is towards BYOD (bring your own device), meaning you use your own personal device for work. So if you’re a smartphone user, you’re not just carrying your own personal data in the palm of your hand, but the confidential data of your company as well.
What do we know about security? The team that brings you Snappli, previously founded and managed ScanSafe, a global market leading company that pioneered cloud-based web security, with 1000s of customers in the banking, defense, and oil industry verticals to name a few. It was acquired in 2009 by Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet.
You may have heard the tips below before but now it’s more important than ever to heed them and keep your iPhone safe and secure.
1. Password protect your phone
This is probably the easiest security measure to implement and the best roadblock to theft. If nothing else, it’ll buy you some time to get to a computer and wipe your iPhone. Set the auto-locking feature so that your phone automatically locks after a short period of inactivity.
2. Install remote wipe software
Apps like Find My iPhone let you locate your device on a map and remotely erase everything on it. The last thing you want is someone accessing your emails, social media accounts and photos. If you don’t set a password (as suggested in tip 1) then a thief can disable all of your features to locate your phone in 3 minutes flat.
3. Avoid storing passwords and other personal info
Keeping your bank details and passwords on your phone, for instance in the Notes app, leaves you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud – especially if your phone doesn’t have auto lock enabled. Keep those sorts of details in your steel security safe, which is hidden behind the photo of your great grandfather in the drawing room of your country house – or somewhere else super secure.
4. Be wary of and wary on wireless networks
If you’re using your smartphone on a public Wi-Fi network, attackers could eavesdrop on that network possibly get ‘hold of your usernames and passwords.
Since you can switch between wireless and 3g/4g, you could unknowingly download malware on your mobile network and then infect your corporate Wi-Fi network.
5. Use caution when accessing social media links
You’d be amazed how easy it is to be conned into clicking on a malicious link. When someone Tweets you “OMG I can’t believe how funny you look in this picture”, even if it’s from a friend, clicketh not.
6. Update to the latest firmware
Firmware updates often include patches and security updates so make sure you download it asap.
7. Add security to your iPhone
“But I’ve just installed the latest firmware update” I hear you saying. Great! Added security will give you peace of mind. Snappli’s got security features built in.