Today’s executives likely access e-mail and other proprietary data from more than one device. As content is increasingly packaged for mobile consumption – delivered via apps from cloud servers – methods to stay secure can become as confusing as they are numerous. While most users are familiar with the benefits of simple anti-virus software, not everyone recognizes the multitude of phishing and other scams purveyors of malware will use to take up residency on a device. Often undetected by users, criminals win access to trade secrets, launch plans, operational literature, market strategies and a host of other confidential corporate data.
That said, even people who should know better have notoriously misplaced documents, laptops and dossiers in public places. And cybercriminals have SMBs firmly in their sights as they try to get hold of anything of value from product roadmaps to pricing data to corporate bank account information.
To help businesses keep safe from potential exposures, The Common Sense Guide to Working on the Move offers executives the following 10 usage guidelines:
- Count the items you take out of your bag when travelling – and count them as you put them back in.
- Think about where you are sitting and whether anyone can look at your screen.
- Beware of ‘free’ Wi-Fi, unless branded by the business you’re currently patronizing. If you don’t know where your connection comes from, then you don’t know what you are connecting to.
- Shut down Bluetooth in public to guard against Bluejacking or Bluesnarfing.
- If you have to use a “public” (or kiosk) computer, then make sure you never access your online banking details, make electronic purchases or enter ANY personally identifiable information.
- Enable filters and other onboard protection barriers for Internet-connected smartphones.
- Don’t ask a stranger to “look after” your laptop while you use the restroom or go to the counter in a web café.
- Use password protection on your laptops and smartphones.
- Make a note of your mobile operator’s emergency phone line so you can call them to have your phone immobilized in the event of a loss.
- Most important of all, make sure that you have a fully updated anti-virus suite installed and fully operational on your PC at all times.
“The mobile workforce comes in many personas,” said Robert Gorby, global head of small business propositions at AVG Technologies. “From the Connected Commando to the Frustrated Technophobe, and from the Wi-Fi Leapfrogger to the Don’t-Care-Won’t-Care, SMBs must equip employees with tools to stay protected. In some cases all it takes is one breach to bring down an entire operation for good. Our Common Sense Guide to Working on the Move pairs our 20 year history of Internet security with tips we’ve learned from a range of sources, to make sure SMBs have the very best advice to keep them safe while on the move.”
The Common sense guide to working on the move can be downloaded from the AVG Business Resource Center:http://www.avg.com/ww-en/business-guides
*Survey conducted by GfK of 1000 UK & US SMBs in August 2011
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