A smartphone is the perfect mobile companion for a small business owner. It can keep you connected and productive all day, even when you’re away from the office. But your smartphone is also a big security risk. If you’re not careful, private business or client data that you store or access on your smartphone could be compromised.
However, there are steps you can take to keep your business phone data protected.
Here are a fews ways on how:
- LOCK YOUR PHONE – Every major mobile operating system lets users secure their device with a password-protected lock screen. Many smartphone users set up lock screens to keep their personal data and messages safe from prying eyes, but it’s an especially important tool if you use your phone for business.
- STICK TO APPROVED APPS – Google designed the Android operating system to be open and flexible. That means it’s easy to install apps from sources other than Google’s own app store. But be careful: Unapproved apps can be a serious security threat, with the potential to unleash harmful malware onto your device. And exposing your smartphone to malware could cause your private business data to be lost, corrupted or stolen. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so never download or install Android software from any source other than the Google Play store.
- BACK-UP YOUR DATA – Thieves and malicious software aren’t the only threats to your business data. Simply misplacing your smartphone can be disastrous if you haven’t backed up the data stored on your phone. There are plenty of secure ways to keep your data backed up to the cloud.
- DOUBLE CHECK YOUR PERMISSIONS – Before you install an Android app, it will ask you to first approve a long list of permissions. Instead of glossing over it in a rush to install the app, check the entire list for anything that looks suspicious. If you notice something that doesn’t seem to make sense, such as a calculator app that wants access to your email contacts, don’t install the app. It’s a good idea to avoid giving apps access to your address book, current location or other personal data unless it’s really necessary.
- INSTALL AN ANTI-VIRUS APP – Malicious software can quickly cause sensitive data to become compromised or lost. If you use an Android smartphone to view, access or store private business data, make sure to install an appropriate app to protect your smartphone from malicious files.