Smartphone Users: How to Protect Your Data

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 31, 2014

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As a tech savvy business professional, you more than likely use your smartphone for a number of business matters—from client to company data. Unfortunately, if you are not careful, you could be compromising a great deal of sensitive information.

To reduce the chances of this devastating issue, it is important to play it safe. It’s essential to protect your data—but how? Let’s take a look at a few ways to keep information on lock…

#1: Password Protection. This may seem like the most obvious way, but you would be surprised by how many individuals do not lock their phone with a password. It may seem like an extra step (and nuisance) to unlock your phone every time. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize this annoyance, such as changing the setting to auto lock after 5 minutes of inactivity. Without a lock, sensitive data may be at the mercy of just about anyone—especially if you misplace your device. Lock it up!

#2: Data Back Up. Instead of assuming “that will not happen to me,” it is best to back up your data as often as possible. Whether you choose to use iCloud, Dropbox, or even Google Drive, these apps will make sure that your data is being stored to the cloud.

#3: Download Approved Apps Only. Much like you would avoid unrecognizable downloads to your computer, it is important to understand what you are downloading to your phone. You should only download approved apps from a qualified app store (Google or iPhone.) If you choose to download an unapproved app, you could expose your phone to harmful malware. This could lead to the loss of data, whether stolen or corrupted.

What do you do to protect sensitive data on your smartphone? We want to hear your tips and tricks! Do not hesitate to tweet us or simply comment back. We’re looking forward to it!

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