Getting a Grip on Your Mobile Device

Published in Member Communities on Friday, December 7, 2018

We use them every day. You’re probably using one now. Mobile devices are used in many aspects of our everyday lives. From our work to scheduling our doctor appointments, most of it is accomplished via a mobile device. The average adult spends nearly 6 hours a day online, usually on mobile devices. With our dependence on phones, laptops and tablets, it’s important that we get a grip on how we think about cybersecurity. The key to combating threats on these devices is encryption.

Encryption - What Is It?

Simply put, it is a way to prevent theft of data. It scrambles the sensitive data on a device through a special algorithm. It prevents hackers from being able to retrieve all data on your device. To get access to an encrypted device, one would need to enter a piece of code to gain access and decrypt the code. This key, or code, is what allows access to the device. High level encryption is typically installed by security experts.

Mobile Device

The four digit pin on the phone isn’t enough protection, although many have this as their primary form of cybersecurity. There are options you can choose from when it comes to how you will encrypt your data. There are mobile applications or encryption software that are a part of the hardware on the phone. Your security partner will be able to help you determine which is right for your business.

Many people refrain from adding encryption on their devices because they believe it would be frustrating to have to enter a code every time they use the device, which is often. If you were to change your mind on encrypting your device, it would require a complete reset of the phone. However, it is because these devices are used so often that it is imperative they have protection. If you are debating whether you need this for your cell phone, imagine all of the important documents you have on it being accessed by someone with bad intentions. From financial to medical records, the consequences could be detrimental.

Laptops and Tablets

Having a password to unlock your computer is simply not enough to protect a hacker from breaking in. Cybercriminals can remove the hardware from your device to access any and all files you have on your laptop. They would even be able to gain access to your online accounts. This means they are not only able to access your business’s private information but that of your patients. We believe you owe it to those who have placed their trust in you to take every step necessary to prevent this. Encryption is the key to decreasing this threat almost entirely.

If a hacker attempts to break into your device, they will not be able to understand a word of it, as it will be completely jumbled.

One Major Thing to Note

A major factor in having success with encryption on all of your mobile devices is to not forget the password. Most websites require a unique password and this can be difficult to keep track of. They can usually be reset easily. However, if you forget your key to encrypt your device, you are out of luck to access. For this reason, you may want to consider writing your password down in a safe place, hidden far away from your device. Some even keep there’s locked safely in a vault.

If you have questions about how to get a grip on your security, check out our security services.

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