Employees all have mobile devices. Today, many of our employees even have a mobile device that is provided by businesses for business use. However, managing mobile devices in the workplace can be challenging due to the wide variety of devices, operating systems, and security risks involved.
Here are some tips on how to effectively manage mobile devices in your workplace.
Today, hackers are targeting increasingly mobile devices. Hackers know that many employees utilize sites and apps that use the information on their personal as well as work-provided devices. Hackers love to gain access to company email, servers, and more. Protecting your business systems has become a priority for even the smallest of businesses.
It is a common misconception that an application is safe when you download it from the App Store. The reality is that Apps are built by private companies and individuals. They can be built to exploit your system, or they may have unknown vulnerabilities that leave them open to hackers.
“On Monday, several cybersecurity analysts tweeted about the discovery of what was purportedly a breach of an insecure server that allowed access to TikTok’s storage, which they believe contained personal user data. Only days earlier, Microsoft Corp. said it had found a “high-severity vulnerability” in TikTok’s Android application, “which would have allowed attackers to compromise users’ accounts with a single click.”Sept 5th, 2022 Fortune.com
“Discord, the eight-year-old social media, and messaging platform popular among young people and video game players that has increasingly become a mainstream part of the internet, has once again run into controversy. Leaked Pentagon documents were said to have been circulating on the platform as early as March before appearing on other sites. The leaks are the latest incident in recent years in which Discord has played a key role.”April 11th, 2023 New York Times
You can manage the devices you own in several diverse ways. First, you can manage the device through the operating system. Most devices are either Apple or Android operating systems. Here are some tips on how to set up controls for both.
Use the built-in device management tools: iPhones have built-in device management tools that allow you to control various aspects of your device. These tools include options to set a passcode, enable restrictions, and limit access to certain apps and features. You can find these tools in the Settings app, under the "General" and "Screen Time" sections.
Apple Configurator is a free app from Apple that allows you to manage multiple iPhones at once. With Apple Configurator, you can configure settings, install apps, and update software on multiple devices at the same time. This is a good option if you have many iPhones to manage and want a centralized way to do so.
Android Device Manager locks and wipes your device remotely. You can use this feature to locate your device if you lose it, lock your device if it's stolen, or erase your device if you don't want anyone else to access your data.
Businesses can also use parental control apps to manage employees’ mobile device usage. These apps allow you to set time limits, block certain apps and websites, and monitor activity on the device.
By following these tips, you can effectively manage mobile devices in the workplace and help protect your company from security risks. No matter the size of your business it is important to develop policies and procedures for your tech. According to McAfee, mobile devices are now being targeted more than ever before, and keeping your business information safe should be a priority for all business owners. Contact us today to learn how you can implement better mobile device management for your team.