How to Stay Safe When Working On-the-Go

A mobile device, whether it be personal or business, contains a lot of personal information that you wouldn’t necessarily choose to share with people you’ve just met. However, with the rise of cyber-security and with remote working becoming more desirable, your customers may be sharing more of their phones content than they bargained for.

Take a look at our top tips below to stay secure on mobile devices:

Connect with Care

Public Wi-Fi spots can be found in popular places such as airports, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and more. With these hotspots becoming more frequent and common, remote workers are connecting to these Wi-Fi connections without second thought.
However, there are a large number or risks that are associated with public Wi-Fi. These include cyberattacks such as:

Man in the middle attacks – This is one of the most common threats on Wi-Fi networks. A MitM attack is a form of eavesdropping. When a device connects to the Internet, data is sent from point A (mobile) to point B (website) and can allow an attacker to access data between these and uncover all of your customers files on the device.

Unencrypted networks – Encrypted networks mean that messages sent between a mobile device and the Wi-Fi are in a “secret code” – meaning they can’t be read by anyone who doesn’t have the key to decipher the code. When a network is unencrypted, this puts your customer’s data at risk.

Malware distribution
– Hackers can find a weakness or security hole found in an operating system or software programme. They can exploit this weakness by writing code or targeting a specific vulnerability, and then force this malware onto your customers mobile device.

Malicious hotspots – Cybercriminals create “access points” to trick victims into thinking they are connecting to a legitimate network so that they can have access to all of your customers’ sensitive data.

To avoid your customers becoming victims to any of these attacks, it’s important to ensure they follow the below:

1. Don’t allow Wi-Fi to auto-connect to networks – ensure this is disabled on their mobile devices.

2. Don’t log into any account via an app that contains sensitive information. Instead, go to the website and verify they are using HTTPS.

3. Never log into a network that isn’t password protected.

4. Switch Wi-Fi or Bluetooth off when not in use.

Be Protected

Taking simple precautions can keep your customers vital business data safe from cybercriminals. Ensure your customers’ and their employees adhere to the below:

Secure devices – In today’s world of sophisticated technology, mobile device identification features have developed, meaning that an employee can unlock a device using facial recognition or using fingerprints, as well as the traditional passcode. However, it’s important that these are set up when using a mobile device on-the-go, so that should the device get lost or stolen, the contents remain safe.

Keep devices clear – When travelling with business sensitive data on a mobile device, it’s worthwhile to remind your customers to remove any unnecessary data. The more data that is stored on a mobile device, the more there is at risk should a cyber breach occur. Remind your customers to only store what they need for a particular business trip, and always backup on another device.

An effective security solution

As well as taking all the precautions above, investing in a security suite for mobile management is another great way to ensure your customer’s mobile data is always protected. Enterprise Mobility and Security is designed as the ultimate security package for your customers. Including Intune, Azure Active Directory and Azure Rights Management, EM+S helps protect company data, employee identity and enables you to securely manage applications on customer mobile devices without compromising their productivity.

For more information on Enterprise Mobility and Security, contact our sales team on 0333 332 0888 or visit our website.

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