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Data Security tips for Handsets and Tablets

February 19, 2012
By Jonathan Cheah

19 February 2012 - Data security is an increasing concern, more so with a record number of mobile devices being activated every month. Mobile devices are outselling traditional desktops in an ever-increasing ratio, and wherever the crowd goes, there the malware, viruses and worms follow.

Here are five simple steps to secure Mobile Phones and Tablets

1. Tag or label the device with your name and phone number.

2. Activate the password feature. Most devices have a password that locks down the hardware. Use it. No password, no access.

3. Activate the timeout feature. The timeout locks your phone just like in step 2 if you do not use it for a set period of time.

4. Update all software, particularly the operating system and the apps.

5. Do not jailbreak or root the device. That removes the manufacturer’s protection against changing the system settings, which is exactly what malware looks for.

Data Security tips

In addition to this, you can also choose from a wide range of antivirus software suites, most of which are familiar names that have made desktop antivirus suites for many years now. Here is just a sampling of a few of the top names in the business.

Norton Mobile Security & Norton Tablet Security

Last year, Norton identified a little over 250 malware threats on the Android platform. This number is expected to increase exponentially, with some reports claiming 75 million malware variants this year.

One of the interesting things that Norton Mobile Security can do is to lock down your phone if you send it an SMS instructing it to do so. The latest version has a ‘Scream’ command, which makes the phone emit a loud scream – pretty useful to find a lost or stolen phone which is still in the vicinity.

McAfee Mobile Security

The free version of this software runs for seven days. After that, you will need to purchase it to use it further. It comes with the usual antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing protections. In the event you lose your device, it allows you to remotely track, lock and even wipe the data on your mobile device.

Sophos Mobile Control 2.0

This one might be a good idea for enterprise applications, since it allows the system administrator to remotely manage a whole range of devices on multiple different platforms.

Trend Micro Mobile Security

It is hard not to like software that can block calls and texts from certain numbers, a most simple process which manufacturers have not put into their phones as default options. It also prevent malicious apps from installing on the device. There is a version for Apple iOS called Smart Surfing.

Bitdefender Mobile Security

Bitdefender is cloud-based, eliminating the need to constantly download updates to the device. The free edition scans applications when told, but the premium edition can remotely locate, lock and wipe a handset.  The paid version also scans web pages for malicious content during browsing.

We hope this helps safeguard your mobile device from software threats.

♠ JC

" Keselamatan maklumat/data merupakan satu perkara perlu diberi perharian khusus pada waktu sekarang, lebih-lebih lagi dengan bilangan rekod peranti mudah alih yang dijual setiap bulan. Peranti mudah alih mengatasi penjualan desktop tradisional dalam nisbah yang semakin meningkat, dan begitu juga peningkatan malware, virus dan worm "

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