Mobile computing is an increasing part of the workforce. Although it’s convenient and improves productivity for employees, there are also serious security issues to contend with. A security risk can lead to hacking of company networks, and theft or proprietary information and other sensitive data. To protect shared documents and email information, there are best practices that organizations need to implement tomanaging an effective mobile workforce. By training all employees in these security measures, your company is less vulnerable to security attacks.
1. Install Anti-Malware and Firewalls
Viruses and malware on a computer or network can cause havoc on a system. One of the smartest things you can do to protect mobile computing is to install top quality security software suites on every computer and mobile device. The application needs not only an anti-virus, and anti-malware program, but also a firewall. These programs work together to keep your system safe.
2. Require Authentication
Another way to reduce security problems is to require authentication. Employees have to prove who they are before being able to access computers or mobile devices. Employee will need a passwords or personal identification number (PIN) to send emails or share documents. The password or PIN needs to be strong so it’s not easily guessed. A PIN or password needs at least eight characters with both lower-case and upper-case letters, numbers and symbol. The password shouldn’t be related to your name, birthday, pet’s name, or other personal information that is easy to uncover. It’s also important to keep authentication enabled on all devices in case an employee loses or misplaces his computer. Logging off of every device also prevents others from accessing the information.
3. Use Encryption
By using encryption, all data is scrambled as its transmitted. This keeps stored, sent and received data secure and prevents hackers from reading any data they intercept. Some mobile devices have built-in encryption capabilities, but if not, you can install a third party encryption program. It’s important to enable the encryption features on all devices used in a network.
Mobile computing offers many advantages, but there is also a higher risk of security vulnerabilities with cross-platform email and document sharing. By having all employees use these three security best practices, your company is less vulnerable to security attacks.
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