Mobile Security (needs pic)
We all do more and more on our mobile phones these days beyond simply making calls and sending messages and, increasingly, that means carrying out work tasks too. Technology has developed to be portable – and now wearable – helping fuel work ‘on the go’ and at home. It’s also feeding into the ‘bring your own device’ trend – with top-of-the-range smartphones and tablets increasingly used by employees in the workplace as companies accommodate the technology-of-choice of their staff.
As we perform more and more tasks on our mobile phone the need for greater cyber security increases. It’s an area that IT professionals are increasingly concerned about and for good reason. Because many people view their mobile phones differently to their computer they don’t necessarily apply the same focus on security that they would to their PC.
There are plenty of people who say anti-virus is not necessary on a phone. While that is a matter of debate it’s not the same as saying that security is not necessary. Most anti-virus available for phones comes with other functions that are especially vital – such as back-up features and remote wiping.
The latter is particularly important, as Jan Gahura, director of non-Windows products at Avast, explained to digitaltrends.com: “To have a smartphone in your pocket without a remote wipe possibility is a dangerous thing. It’s even more dangerous than losing keys to your house. Of course someone can steal your private data using a fraudulent application, but that’s certainly the harder way."
Derek Halliday, of Lookout, agreed, adding: “Mobile phones have become our wallet, contact list, communications, and more. You wouldn’t leave your bank account open to everyone, so why take the same chances with your phone when it contains so much information?"
Experts also suggest connecting to open insecure wi-fi is a danger – as is downloading apps from anywhere other than a reputable source such as Google Play or the App Store. It’s clear that the fight against hackers means treating security as seriously on a phone or tablet as you would a PC or laptop and that begins by the smart use of security apps – with remote wiping a must – and avoiding taking security risks.