While mobile working is becoming the only way to work, there are problems attached to it. Not least of these problems is the fact that mobile working can lead you open to security issues. Whether you are working on a laptop, tablet or mobile smartphone device, you will have data on it and it does need protecting. This means being extra sensible when using your devices, and leaving them around is not an option in most circumstances. However, if you have to leave it unattended you must make sure that your data is safe or stored elsewhere. This article looks at some of your options.
Your first step is to ascertain whether or not the data needs to be on your device. Believe it or not, people still leave their credit card details on their smartphones. From a business point of view you need to think about the viability of having company information and data as well as customer information on your mobile device. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but in many cases you do not need to keep it with you on your mobile device. One of the biggest mistakes company employees are making right now is having data on their device that really does not need to be there at all. Having it off your device means that it is safe somewhere else, for example, on the cloud.
With your device, you must back up regularly. On the laptop, backups should be performed consistently at least once a week. This will allow you to keep your data safe, which is important if you are very mobile. If you back up, you guarantee that if something does happen to your computer or device you have a safe copy of it somewhere else. There are many software programs and platforms that can help you do this. Currently, the best place to back up is to the cloud, but you can also back up to your computer back at the office. The important thing is to actually back up on a consistent basis. This protects data if something goes wrong.
Another key tip is to protect your password. The first job is to make sure your passwords are strong enough, and this means working hard to include numbers and letters including upper and lower case letters. Try to make it an obscure password that only you would ever know. It isn't important that your boss knows, it is not his or her business. You are responsible for your data and information. Your boss will trust you for this and part of that trust means ensuring that your passwords are watertight and changed regularly. Also, make sure that your computer does not have a function on it that guesses passwords or also fills passwords in for you. Desktops are notorious for this, but laptops and smartphones are now becoming even better at storing and presenting password information to the user. If that user is not you, your data is insecure.
So there are some tips for keeping your data secure while you are mobile. Mobile working is effective and increasingly easy, but security of your data needs to be kept in mind.