Having a workplace cell phone can be exciting, especially if youâ€™ve never had a cell phone from your employer before.
However, itâ€™s still very important to remember that security should always be your top priority. This is especially true if you use your device to make purchases. You also need to be cautious if you perform other activities that require you to input your personal information.
Each and every day, smartphones become more and more like portable computers. Because of this trend, security and privacy are even more important when you are using a mobile device.
Unfortunately, if your phone has the ability to browse the internet and check email, there is always a possibility it will be subjected to a cyber attack.
Protecting Your Workplace Cell Phone
Here are some essential safeguards you need to put into place in order to keep your sensitive information secure.
Update Your System, Always
Making sure you have an updated mobile system is what willÂ allow you to really enjoy your phoneâ€™s greatestÂ features and protect your private data.
Ensure your software is constantly updated, not only on your mobile device but also on your personal computer.Â Â
Use Security Applications
Security applications are another great way to makeÂ sure your mobile device is not only operating efficiently but that it is also operating much like a small computer.
It is important to keep in mind that it is computers that are the most vulnerable devices. The more your mobileÂ phone resembles a computer, the more prone your device is toÂ hackers and/or thieves. The best apps on the market help you to prevent these threats, as well as protect yourÂ data.
Donâ€™t Click on Anything Suspicious
The mobile threats that you are most likely going to face onÂ your mobile device (specifically on your work phone) are threatsÂ that come in the form of phishing campaigns.
Many hackers are creative and innovative. They come up with ways to make clicking on malicious links increasingly appealing. Don’t fall for any links that are obviously spammy or are from senders you don’t recognize.
And before logging onto a website, make sure the URL begins with â€śhttpsâ€ť prior to entering any sensitive information.
Avoid Using Public Networks While Banking or Shopping
Many of us travel or enjoy using public Wi-Fi in coffee shops and restaurants. But itâ€™s important to keep in mind that just because a Wi-Fi signal is public doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s secure.
There are people out there just waiting for you to do something careless in a public place where it is easy for them to intercept your information.
Because of this reality, you need to make sure you are limiting your activities. Do not make any transactions that would require you to send private information, including your accountâ€™s login credentials.
Only Download Apps from Trusted Stores
One of the benefits of having a smartphone is that you have the opportunity to download apps for all sorts of functions. As the saying goes, â€śThereâ€™s an app for that.â€ť
There are lots of applications currently on the market to meet practically every need you have, both personal and professional.
One of these categories is mobile banking apps. Itâ€™s extremely important that you be careful about which apps you download and which ones you add to your phone.
Some apps are growing more popular through independent and unmonitored channels. Because so many people see these sources as opportunities to get â€ścheapâ€ť apps, they download the apps without knowing theyâ€™re putting their mobile devices at risk.
Before you download any app, especially from a third party, make sure you know for a fact the app store is reputable.
A few of the most reputable app stores include, but are not limited to, the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
While there are other reputable stores out there, you will want to make sure they are verifiable. Before downloading anything from them, confirm that these app sites are not simply mimicking real app stores in order to trick you.
What other methods have you found to be useful for protecting your mobile device? Leave your comments below.
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