7 Tips to Ensure Physical Security of Your Mobile Devices
When it comes to ensuring data security and network security, you not only have to think about the risks in the online world, but also of the risks that exist in the physical world. An attack on the security of your data and network may not always come through an online hacking attempt. Physical theft or loss of the mobile devices you use, like phones, laptops, tablets, etc., can also lead to a data or network breach. When your device is lost or stolen, the important information stored within the device becomes vulnerable to misuse. Hence, installing a bunch of anti-virus solutions isn’t enough for cybersecurity. You also have to plan to keep your device safe from physical dangers as well as prepare to safeguard the information on the device in the event the device does get lost or stolen despite your best efforts.
If you’re looking for useful tips to help you with this planning and preparation, here are a few you should consider:
Be Careful When Carrying Your Device Outside Home/Office
The familiar environments of your home and office make for safe spaces for your device. But when you step outside of these safe spaces, you have to be extra cautious. If you like to work on your device in public places, like in a park or a coffee shop, then you should make sure that you have your eyes or hands on your device at all times. Even one moment of distraction is enough for your device to get stolen or misplaced. Carry a secure case if you can, and slip the device into it when not in use. Whatever happens, don’t let the device out of your sight.
Keep All Your Devices Locked and Protected with a Password
Use a strong password to lock each and every mobile device that you use for work. In addition, you could even use passwords for locking specific files and documents that contain sensitive data. Make sure that the password isn’t too easy to crack. A complicated password may take up a few extra seconds of yours in typing, but it’s something that you will be thankful for when your device falls into the wrong hands and the perpetrator finds it nearly impossible to get into the device. We’ve shared some great tips for creating robust and effective passwords in the following article: “Need to Create a Strong and Safe Password? Try These 6 Tips” Give it a read to understand what kind of a password should you use for your devices.
Use Encryption to Store the Confidential Data
Encryption is an advanced security mechanism that encodes your data, converting it from its plain format into an unreadable format. Decoding and reading this data is impossible without a decryption key. You don’t have to use encryption for all information on your devices, but for the information that is confidential it’s worth leveraging encryption to keep it ultra-secure.
Maintain an Updated Backup of All Your Data
What do you worry about the most when your device is stolen or misplaced? If the device was expensive, as most modern devices are, you feel bad about the money gone down the drain. Sometimes the value of the information stored in the device far exceeds the monetary value of the device. When your device is lost or stolen, there is no saying whether you will get it back or not. One thing you can do to guarantee the data stored on the device is not lost forever is by consistently backing up all your files and data, at least the important ones if not all. This may seem like extra work and you may not get around to it as often as necessary, but these backups could prove to be life-saving some day. So do make it a point to create and update backups of your devices’ data from time to time.
Use a Tracking App for Your Mobile Devices
By using a device tracking application for your mobile devices, you can exercise some control over your device, even after it has been misplaced or stolen. There are a variety of applications available today that help you not only track the location of your device, but also access the device to remotely perform various functions like locking the device, accessing certain features of the device, retrieving or deleting any data, and so on. You may no longer have the device in your possession, but you would still be able to perform certain important preventative and recovery actions.
Set the Device Screen to Lock Automatically
From the time you lose your device to the time you get ready to do something about it, a lot of precious time elapsed. You see, even a few minutes are enough for someone to inflict damage. To not afford the criminal any time at all to mess with your device, you should set your device screen to lock automatically after being inactive for some time. While you can keep this time a little more if you are at home or in office, you might want to keep it in seconds if you’re working outside, for example on the commute. This way anyone who has no business using your device will not be able to use it in any way.
If You Don’t Need It, Delete It
The more sensitive information you hoard on your device, the worse will be the consequences when you misplace the device or someone steals it. This is why deleting the sensitive information when it is no longer required is so crucial. Not only does this tip help you avoid losing too much of your confidential data in case of device theft or loss, it also offers a great way to save storage space on your device. Once in a while, go through all the data you have on your device and remove anything which no longer serves any purpose.