You know when you join a new company and they are supposed to provide you with a company phone as soon as you start?
It’s never quite that simple, is it?
It often takes days or weeks to get the relevant paperwork signed off and you often end up using your own device. This is called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and has long been regarded with suspicion by corporate directors and IT managers everywhere.
Happily, BYOD is being taken on officially by more and more companies, making having to do with a phone you don’t like or use a thing of the past.
Thankfully you can now use your own iPhone or Android device to access your work and stay connected on the go. More people than ever are utilising BYOD in the workplace – in 2013 alone, 35% of workers bought their own smartphone to use at work.
While BYOD is convenient for you, there are several things to bear in mind – and chief of these is mobile malware.
Mobile malware can be a nuisance, directing you to unwanted web pages, apps, or flashing up disruptive messages. However, it can also be more malicious than that, listening in on calls, intercepting messages and stealing private information such as bank details, your address or logins.
It could steal corporate information too which, in extreme cases, could lead to loss of company profits and falling stock prices.
So how can you prevent this? Firstly and perhaps most importantly, you need to make sure that your device is secured with a password – and make sure it’s a good one!
Also, try to avoid keeping bank account details on your phone. It’s tempting, as most of us have multiple accounts, multiple cards and multiple passwords. However, if your phone is breached it could provide easy pickings for would-be thieves.
Also, don’t open email attachments from sources that you don’t trust. In addition to this, don’t download apps from anything aside from the official app store for your platform as dodgy apps can infect your device extremely easily.
Even this isn’t always fool-proof though as, although both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store are monitored and scanned for fraudulent apps, sometimes they can still slip through.
In 2013 a fake BBM app got 100,000 downloads and the only way to tell was to studiously read the reviews beforehand.
Your company may already provide software to keep your phone secure but, if it doesn’t, then it’s worth investing in a mobile security app yourself.
For Android, good ones to look at are Symantec’s Norton Mobile Security and Bitdefender’s Mobile Security. For iOS, enable Find My iPhone – which allows you to find or wipe your device remotely. Also worth investigation are SurfEasy VPN – which safeguards your internet browsing – and Norton Identity Safe which manages your passwords.
There are plenty of things you can do to ensure your work phone remains secure. Find out more about how Dell’s BYOD solutions can work for you and keep your business secure now.