Five Mobile Security concerns which are usually ignored

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In the world of Mobile Security, CIOs, CTOs and IT managers are often worried on how to protect the mobile devices and the networks they connect to, from threats and vulnerabilities associated with mobile computing. Cementing the concern is a recent Dell survey which suggests that almost three-quarters of employees are willing to share critical info which the company has otherwise regulated in order to achieve their productivity quotient on the weekly scale.

Hence, Data Security has become an absolute concern for mobile crowds as the amount of data theft is climbing higher and higher each day.

Practically speaking, there is no easy way to do things, but there are best practices to follow.

And so Cybersecurity Insiders have lined up the five mobile security concerns which are usually ignored which eventually pushes the whole concept of mobile computing in jeopardy.

Lock Screen Passwords- As per a Pew Research Poll, 28% of mobile device users do not protect their lock screens with passcodes. Means anyone can have your home address, or your bank info or your photos by just picking up the device and using it. That is why having a password to unlock the screen makes complete sense and keeps all your data available on the mobile device safe and secure from data thieves.

Opt for latest security updates- It is better to keep the mobile devices updated with the latest security updates available to the operating system. This helps to cover security patches if & when required and updating apps with security vulnerabilities. Moreover, Google in its recent security audit report claimed that 78% of android device users are using devices which are running on outdated or extinct OSes. Therefore it is making it difficult for companies to issue security patches in time. So, all the people who are using mobile devices in their work functions are requested to use devices with the latest operating systems.

Stay away from insecure networks- Everyone gets tempted to use a free WiFi, instead of their phone data when and if available. But remember, free services can prove dodgy on many occasions as data thieves are always on the prowl of the data which is being transmitted from and to the insecure mobile devices. What if the data falls into wrong hands..?

Two Factor authentication- Every web service these days is offering a two-factor authentication to keep their users safe from data thieves. In simple words, the 2-factor authentication is nothing but a service where the user needs to input second authentication password to access the web service or the app service. Here, the password which is in text format is sent to an email address or a mobile number to authenticate access. This helps in killing the chances of someone stealing your social identity or bank info on a permanent note.

Hope, the above-said points help in improving the security of mobile computing crowds on a dramatic note.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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