Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Stonesoft experts offer 10 tips for cybersecurity of mobile devices

Smartphone shipments have long been ahead of the delivery of personal desktop computers. It is estimated that currently there are more than 6 billion mobile devices, while desktop computers less than 2 billion. Experts predict that by the 2014th year, 80% of all visits to the internet will be through mobile phones and tablets.

However, the more devices come into our lives, and the more these devices to store important information, the higher the likelihood that they can be used with the wrong goals.

We use mobile devices to play, shop, pay bills, social networking and more, etc. This means that they store the most important information: contacts, bank account, corporate e-mail and other personal information.
Attackers are making every effort to create a variety of viruses and programs that aim to - damage devices, destroy or steal information stored on them.

And, if the owners do not know how to protect your device, it can lead to very sad consequences: financial loss, theft of emails and personal data, and lots more. For example, according to estimates, the average cost of corporate e-mail hacking and identity theft is about 7 million.

Experts Corporation Stonesoft - a world leader in the development of innovative solutions in the field of network security and business continuity - are 10 tips to help you enjoy the benefits of mobile devices without compromising security.

Virtually all today we are making through the Internet: running, check corporate e-mail, communicate, transfer money, deposit funds and more. Unfortunately, criminals are taking advantage of this. Most consumers think of cybercrime as a very distant threat, which is mainly associated with espionage at the state level or the burglary of large enterprises.

However, it is not. Suffer from the actions of criminals any person, in fact on his mobile device maintains a lot of important personal information, including, for example, the number of his credit card - says Joona Airamo, Chief Security Corporation Stonesoft. - The need to protect their desktop computers know everything, but we should not forget or ignore mobile security. This is important, because all the information stored on the device, can easily fall into the wrong hands through hacking or theft.

10 tips for safe use of mobile devices:

1. Keep your software and operating system of your device. Updates are usually granted automatically. When buying a new mobile device, make sure that the updates to the operating system of your model are available on request.

2. Install software only from reputable and reliable suppliers, for example, App Store, Google Play or Nokia Store. Yes, paid services and games are available for free from unverified suppliers, but it is likely that with them you uploaded to your device malware.

3. Be wary of shopping in applications - can be extremely costly. For example, very often children playing on your device, make purchases for their characters, not realizing their value.
Many mobile devices buying applications can simply disable it.

4. Regularly check all user permissions and privacy policy, which you have accepted. For example, the right to information about the location and network connectivity allow you to remotely track your location. Many applications for the camera, social networking and media require user rights to download images.

5. Change the default access code and PIN-code SIM-card. Do not use your date of birth or other easily guessed combinations of numbers. Customize your mobile device so that each time it requests the password or security template.

6. If your mobile device supports data encryption, this possibility.

7. You can connect your mobile to internet service that allows you to remotely locate a lost or stolen device, and, if necessary, remotely wipe all data.

8. If your mobile device is stolen, immediately report it to the operator to lock the SIM-card. In this case, your account and data will be transferred to the new card.

9. If you decide to sell the old device, be sure to delete all personal information. Return the unit to the factory defaults.

10. Make regular backups of all data on your mobile device. For this purpose, well-suited "cloud". However, do not send back sensitive information without the permission of your employer.

In addition to the basic tips listed above, Stonesoft experts remind that employees have an obligation to their employers for the safety of corporate information.

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