When people imagine cyber security, they often only think of safeguarding the endpoints such as servers, firewalls, and networks. Meanwhile, around 72% of companies allow their employees to use their personal devices for work. By 2022, the BYOD market is expected to surge past $350 billion. Yet, one in three organizations fall victim to data breaches due to mobile devices. As such, it is highly crucial to fully protect your data from the pervasive threats looming on personal devices. Here's how:
- Always turn off Bluetooth pairing when not in use.
- Don’t open messages from unknown senders asking for personal information.
- Don’t allow devices to auto-join unfamiliar networks.
- Only use company-allowed apps.
- Never send confidential data over public WiFi.
- Don’t download apps with bad reviews.
- Update all mobile devices with the latest security.
- Always think before clicking on an unexpected link.
- Don’t grant administrative privileges for apps to recipients you don’t trust.
- Don’t respond to voicemails asking for personal data - call your institution/s to verify.
- Delete apps that are no longer supported.
- Don’t click on ads and contests that seem too good to be true; they often lead to phishing sites.
- Check the URLs before opening a site.
- Install software that can determine the difference between a real and fake website.
- Never save login credentials on a browser.
- Don’t click on any links that are unsolicited whether they are on social media or other messaging apps.
- Only give your account information when you make the call and only with live people on the other end.
- Treat instant messages with the same care that you treat emails.
- Turn off WiFi when you’re not using it.
- Switch Bluetooth pairing to manual.
Mobile devices aren't a bad thing. They allow employees more flexibility, especially during a pandemic when remote working has become the new normal. However, it is crucial to ensure you have the right cyber security protocols in place to effectively prevent digital threats from disrupting your business.
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