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Best Practices to Create a Mobile Device Defense Strategy

October 18, 2018 | Posted in:

Technology Trends, Data Protection, IT Security

Posted by Victoria Reed

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At Systems Engineering team, we are very conscious about practicing good IT security measures. As such, it's important to remember that protecting confidential data spans from desktops, to the cloud, to mobile devices, and more. 

In this blog article, I will specifically focus on mobile devices and the extra measures you, as a user, can take to protect your organization's data as well as your own; this is especially true now that employees are utilizing their own (BYOD) devices for work tasks (email, core business apps, etc.).

Let's walk through some of the simple, yet important key tactics to keep your mobile device, and its data, more protected.

First, make sure you have a strong PIN (personal identification number) and avoid some of the more common PINs such as:

  • Ascending or descending sequences (1234, 4321)
  • Repeating numbers (1111, 2222, 1212, 9988)
  • The last four digits of your phone number or social security number
  • Your birth date

Next, follow these additional and simple best practices:

  • Utilize built-in security features like fingerprint or facial recognition tools.
  • Enable your device to be tracked and erased remotely should it get lost or stolen.
  • Never leave your device in a car, hotel room, or any place where it may get stolen.
  • Only use apps from your device’s app store and keep them up to date.
  • Never save your login information on your device.
  • Turn off WiFi when you do not need it.
  • Never allow your device to auto-join an unfamiliar network.
  • No not send sensitive information over WiFi.

Taking what may seem like small measures can be the difference between being breached or not. 

If you or your organization would benefit from learning more about proper and up-to-date IT security measures, speak with one of our experts today. You can schedule some time by clicking here or on the button below. 

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Victoria-ReedVictoria Reed has been at Systems Engineering for six years and is the Manager of Project Management and Customer Service. Throughout her day, Victoria works with clients to ensure their experience with Systems Engineering is a good one.