When it comes to security, many people take extensive measures to protect their homes, credit and desktop computers. We tend to neglect the importance of keeping our mobile devices safe as well. Several employees have even started using mobile devices in the professional realm due to companies establishing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, which further increases security risks for mobile devices.

Whether you are syncing mobile devices to work data systems or you simply use your device for everyday activities, be sure to employ these methods for maintaining optimum security:

1. Passwords
While every smartphone user is well aware of fingerprint and passcode security controls, more strenuous measures need to be taken in case a device is stolen. For every account utilized on your phone, use a different username and password. Companies should also employ a system where multiple failed login attempts would result in repercussions to shield against hackers.

2. Mobile Gateways
For companies who use personal devices for work, mobile gateways need to be secure. Employers should specifically configure devices so that they cannot access unsecured networks, and mobile traffic gateways should include customized firewalls and data loss prevention tools to ensure security.

3. Regular Maintenance
Security audits should be a frequent task of companies who use BYOD practices. Employees must be informed which databases and applications are safe for work use and also be given comprehensive steps to recognize and solve potential security problems.

If you have any questions on mobile security or think your device may have encountered a security issue, please call ICC at (877) 422-4968.


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