It is no news today that technology is taking over the world. Our daily life has become so much easier with the use of technology. Now we can get faster results, more information and execute tasks swiftly. One good impact that technology has in the society is the evolution of ICT. Smart devices such as phones has been invented to foster swift communication and obtain relevant information from the internet. Mobile devices have grown so popular and over 95% of the world’s population has one in possession. This means we need to always secure our devices against harmful threats. So, what is mobile device security and why is it important?

According to Vmware, “Mobile Device Security refers to the measures designed to protect sensitive information stored on and transmitted by laptops, smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other portable devices. At the root of mobile device security is the goal of keeping unauthorized users from accessing the enterprise network”. It is the methods put in place to protect our mobile devices from attacks.

Just as Molly Wood from the New York times said, “Hackers have already breached internet-connected camera systems, smart TVs and even baby monitors”. Our devices are prone to malicious attacks and need extra security for protection. Our mobile devices can be protected in several ways:

Password protection:  One of the simple and easiest ways to prevent unauthorized access to a mobile device is to create a strong password, because weak passwords are still a constant problem that contribute to most data hacks. Another popular security problem is workers using the same password for their mobile device, email, and every work-related account. It is very important that employees create strong, unique passwords and create different passwords for different accounts.

Stay away from public Wi-Fi: A mobile device is only as secure as the network through which it transfers data. Companies, friends, and parents need to educate employees and peers about the dangers of using public Wi-Fi networks, which are at risk to attacks from hackers who can easily invade a device, access the network, and steal relevant and confidential data. The best defense is to encourage user behavior and avoid the use of open Wi-Fi networks, no matter how safe they may be.

Encryption of mobile device: Most mobile devices are created with a built-in encryption feature. Users need to find this feature on their device and enter a password to encrypt their device. With this, data is converted into a code that can only be traced by authorized users. This prevents cases of theft, and unauthorized access.

From these, we can understand how important mobile device security is to our devices and data. Technology is exposed to many threats, and we need to stay vigilant and protect our devices from malicious attacks and unauthorized accesses.

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