How to Protect Mobile Devices in 2021

pink and purple led light2021's list of cybersecurity breaches just keeps growing. This week's T-Mobile data breach looks to be one of the biggest of the year as CNN reports that the data of more than 40 million users has been stolen and listed for sale online. From names and addresses to driver license data and social security numbers, T-Mobile's serverside breach has left millions with exposed personal information. Keeping mobile devices secure is a collaborative effort that requires two elements: protection from technology providers and prevention from users.

The stakes are even higher for businesses, with one survey of business technology professionals finding that 55% of respondents claim smartphones are the most vulnerable endpoint in their organization. While basic users can't prevent a data breach, understanding the latest cybersecurity standards helps keep your team's data protected and, in the case of a breach, provide a fast response to lock it back down. Here are the basic mobile cybersecurity tips that every business leader should know.

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For company-owned devices, it's worth considering a pre-selected library of approved applications that give your team the tools they need to succeed while keeping them safe from dangerous downloadable apps. While it keeps company and employee data safe, having pre-selected applications also helps users stay focused on the task at hand and keep productivity high throughout the day.

Always Perform Smartphone Backups

No matter what industry you're in, accidents happen. From dropped phones and spilled coffee to leaked passwords and hacking attempts, there is always a possibility that a device could be damaged and data could be compromised. Taking time to back up your mobile device to the cloud ensures that your pictures, music, videos, and apps are all exactly as you left them, even if you have to switch devices.

Keep Your OS Up-to-Date

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We've all been there - a new software update is available and instead of biting the bullet and waiting the grueling three minutes for an update, we hit "remind me tomorrow." While it might get you back to work in the moment, putting off a software update also puts off important security updates that could be the difference between protecting your data and leaving it vulnerable. If there's a software update available, it's time to install!

Add Comprehensive Account Security

Protecting your devices also means protecting your accounts. While using a complex and unique password (or even better, a passphrase) is a standard security step for online accounts, enabling multi-factor authentication works to keep hackers out of your accounts and can provide protection even during a data breach.

With 71% of employees spending two hours or more per week working on their mobile devices - and likely higher rates than that from the COVID-19 pandemic - it's more important than ever for businesses to make sure that their teams are protected.

SeedSpark is a leading technology MSP that focuses on partnering with companies to understand the potential for technology to revolutionize the way that they work, accomplishing today's goals and helping them prepare for tomorrow. If you're ready to maximize your team's technology, we're ready to help. Contact our team today for a free 30-minute technology assessment to understand the hidden ways that you could optimize technology use to achieve more and protect your team.

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Written by Samuel Adams

As a lifelong fan of technology, Sam has always had a deep interest in learning about the latest innovations and how they are revolutionizing the worlds of business, marketing, and entertainment. As Social Media and Content Specialist at SeedSpark, he spends time chasing the newest trends and breakthroughs pushing the digital transformation in our personal and professional lives.

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