Mobile device security, on the individual level, and Mobile Device Management (MDM), on the organisational level, have gained much prominence today. A hacker gaining control of your mobile device is something serious. This because the hacker can thus gain access to most, if not all, of anyone’s digital life. Mobile devices today have lots of things in them…yes, everything- personal, social, work, banking etc. Thus, though mobile devices are not totally unsafe, there are some basic security practices which we can implement to ensure maximum security.
Let’s take a look at those security practices…
Best Security Practices on iOS:
It’s always good to accept latest OS upgrades. It’s always wise to apply upgrades immediately as new features and security fixes are included with every new release. Jail breaking (the process of removing software restrictions imposed by iOS) is not at all advisable since it’s likely to lead to the device being compromised. Another basic thing to be done is refraining from connecting to unknown WiFi networks; data and credentials could easily be stolen. Though these security practices would seem focused on individual users, these can also be followed by enterprises looking for MDM (Mobile Device Management) for iOS devices.
Basic Security Practices on Android:
On Android devices, it’s always advisable to keep up-to-date with security patches. Vendors now even send monthly OTA patches, for the most recently announced vulnerabilities, and also add those that have not yet been announced. Thus keeping up-to-date with security patches is good. Another thing to be kept in mind is to keep the “Allow unknown sources” option in Security settings disabled. Users should also refrain from opting to “root” their Android devices. Circumventing the protected boot feature of Android wouldn’t be of any use. Connecting to unknown WiFi networks also could prove dangerous, as it could lead to losing data and credentials.
Well, on the enterprise level, to keep mobile devices secure, it would be advisable to go for SSO (single sign on) solutions that embraces mobile devices, which would help prevent caching and saving of passwords on devices, which in turn would prevent theft of passwords. Similarly, a company should have a flexible mobile device management policy and use a device management solution that controls and manages enterprise apps and data and sees to it that personal data is not wiped out.