Five Myths about Mobile Security

Five Myths about Mobile Security

Mobile security also known as mobile device security has become increasingly important in this era of mobile computing.

Published By - Jason Hoffman

Mobile Security is referred to as securing mobile devices like laptops, smartphones, tablets and other portable computing devices from vulnerabilities and threats associated with wireless computing.

Mobile security also known as mobile device security has become increasingly important in this era of mobile computing. Mobile security seeks to address the downside of this era i.e. Security gap. Here are five security myths about mobile devices :

Five Myths about Mobile Security

    1. BYOD promotes loose Security practices
      Businesses and their employees are profiting from device sharing strategies. One of these trends called Bing your device (BYOD) is helping the latter. If an IT organisation has firm guidelines to ensure that which personal devices should be accepted in the BYOD program coupled with IT security practices and usage practices, then BYOD can be just as secure as mobile devices issued by enterprises.
    2. Two-factor authentication is not needed for mobile devices
      Two-factor authentication ensures security since most of the times the user ID and password are stored in your device, that is prone to be misplaced. It is therefore advisable to use additional security sign in code (e.g. name of the high school you attended) along with your user ID and password.
    3. All you need is a Mobile Antivirus
      The antivirus solutions for mobile devices are limited compared to PC antivirus solutions. They cannot use the same advanced detection techniques due to a mobile device’s limited battery life and performance. You might think you are protected against known viruses, but a new one might hit your device before an antidote has been developed. We need critical features like enterprise integration, application-based malware coverage and firewall protection for mobile devices.
    4. Clicking on any link in a text or WhatsApp message is OK
      Scammers circulate fake offers through WhatsApp messages. Clicking these fake URLs may infect your mobile device with a virus. It might also take you to a fake login page that steals sensitive data like credit card numbers and passwords.
    5. A public WiFi network can provide secure access
      It is not very difficult for a cybercriminal to create a spoof public wifi network that can capture and store all your data including your personal and financial information. Employees on the move are continually using public wifi networks for their mobile devices. It is advisable for organisations to issue a virtual private network (VPN) connections which is a safer approach as compared to using open wifi networks.

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