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5 Tips To Keep Your Mobile Data Safe and Secure

By WillD|August 11th,2013|Mobile,Security|No comments

Remember the classic old-school wallet chains? There are still a few around. The idea was to keep your wallet protected from would-be thieves with a chain attached between your wallet and belt loop.

Today, although it’s bad to have the contents of your wallet stolen, having the contents of your smartphone stolen is even worse. And unfortunately, the “wallet-chain approach” will not help — a thief does not even have to physically steal your smartphone or tablet to get its contents. Unlike your wallet, a mobile device’s contents can be swiped wirelessly via viruses and hacks, creating additional opportunities for cybercriminals to steal your sensitive information.

From both a personal and business perspective, our mobile devices are central information stores containing confidential information on whom we communicate with, what we say, where we go and what we buy. Theft of your mobile device’s contents, either physically or electronically, can have dire consequences. Aside from the risk of identity theft, most of us have all kinds of confidential business data buried in emails and documents stored on our mobile devices, exposing us to significant impact from theft.

Given that mobile devices are in many cases supplanting laptops, it’s safe to assume that more and more confidential data will be placed on our mobile devices.

The best cybersecurity starts with proactively managing risks without hindering productivity.

There are some important best practices to follow when it comes to your smartphone and tablet that will allow you to balance the productivity gains of having your important data in the palm of your hand with keeping that information secure.

Here are five tips to keep your mobile data safe and secure:

• Turn your home screen password on. About three in 10 mobile device users are not using any password at all. The first step in mobile device security is activating the password feature of your device. Any password is better than none, but depending on your device, ideally use a password rather than a PIN and make sure it’s not easy to guess.

• Install a mobile security app. The newest security apps include virus protection, remote lock and erase capabilities, lost-phone finders and privacy protection features that can keep your data safe. Check out Lookout for Android platforms and Find My iPhone for iOS platforms.

• Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi. If you don’t have a secure connection, avoid doing any online banking or shopping, and be careful not to access any websites or corporate resources that require you to log in with a password. Investigate using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your mobile device to keep your connection secure.

• Keep your device up to date with the latest patches. Most phone/tablet updates address security vulnerabilities, so it is important to always accept and install them and be proactive by making sure your device is running the latest and greatest operating system.

• Keep your phone out of jail. “Jailbreaking” and “rooting” are techniques some users leverage to bypass a device’s limitations. This also bypasses many of the device’s security features, making your data more vulnerable to theft.

With any computer-based system, there is always a trade-off between security and productivity. Proactively following these basic tips will allow you to use your mobile device the same way you use your laptop while keeping your data safe.

Call/Email Atiba Network Services  today to discuss your Mobile Security 615-353-1921 ext 200  |  network@atiba.com 

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Disaster Happens – Is Your Business Ready? (Disaster Recovery)

By WillD|April 20th,2013|Disaster Recovery,IT,Security|No comments

Preparing for an emergency is a key factor to business continuity after a disaster. Wherever the threat comes from – whether it’s physical, virtual, network failure or cybercrime-related – it’s important your business is equipped to deal with the problem.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates over 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster. And when we consider these potential consequences, it’s important you have a disaster preparedness plan ready. In creating such a plan we recommend you consider the following:

Communication strategy – Make a plan about how you will communicate any disaster and its affects to your internal and external audiences – 40 % of businesses will never reopen following a disaster.

Financial management – Ensure you can still access your company accounts, pay bills on time and make the payroll.

Data backup – Keep your company information safe by backing up assets and storing a copy offsite on a regular basis, this will facilitate seamless disaster recovery.

Cloud-based software – Move software to cloud-based versions of the programs you use today. This acts as a great alternative to data backup and lets employees have access to email, important documents, contacts and calendars – anytime from virtually anywhere.

Technology updates – Maintain vigilance when it comes to keeping your technology updated with security patches to safeguard your network against the latest threats.

Give us a call/email today for a free disaster preparedness assessment.

615.353.1921  |  info@atiba.com

Thanks and be prepared!

Your Atiba Network Services Team

 

 

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Mobile Security Strategy

By admin|September 2nd,2012|Security|No comments

Smart phones and tablets are transforming the way we live by storm. It has provided a new way to network and manage data. However, can mobile phones be just as vulnerable as our laptops in getting viruses or hacked?  The potential of a stranger getting access has greatly increased over the years. It is estimated that 70 percent of enterprise data is stored on a mobile device and when employees connect to less secured whiffs and use social media, it is likely for secure data to be attacked by hackers.

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