11 Jul 2019
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How to safeguard your company’s mobile devices.

Today, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have become standard in the world of business.  Unfortunately, as the popularity of these devices increases, so do the number of cyber threats against them.  This is why businesses need to be proactive and take steps to secure their mobile devices.  Here are some of the security measures you should employ.

Protect Lost and Stolen Devices

Because of their size and portability, mobile devices are susceptible to being lost or stolen.  As most mobile devices are programmed to save passwords or stay logged into email and other applications, gaining access to a mobile device is an easy way to gain access to a business’s sensitive information.  To ensure that lost or stolen mobile devices do not become a liability, all company devices need to be password protected or, protected by fingerprint or face scan technology.  To further reduce the risk of a breach, make sure to wipe mobile devices as soon as they are reported as lost or stolen.

Install Security Software

While most business owners understand the importance of installing anti-virus software on their company computers and laptops, many overlook this security step when it comes to their company’s mobile devices.  Installing good anti-virus software or applications on your smartphones and tablets will protect these devices from dangerous viruses, malware, spyware, and so on.  Additionally, to ensure that a hacker doesn’t use an open Wi-Fi connection to infiltrate mobile devices, set up your company’s devices to reject open connections.

Establish a Mobile Device Policy

Before distributing company tablets or smartphones to your staff, create a mobile device usage policy and make sure that your employees understand the policy guidelines.  Your policy should educate your staff about the risks associated with improper mobile device use.  Additionally, it should set rules for appropriate use and detail the punishments for violating these rules.  When your staff knows what’s at stake, they will be far more likely to use their mobile devices carefully and take steps to reduce their exposure.

These are some of the things that you can do to protect your business’s mobile devices.  Want another way to keep your company safe?  Then make sure you have the right commercial coverage in place.  For assistance with all your business insurance needs, contact the experts at Weaver & Associates in Arcadia, California today.

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