Mobile Device Security
There are several legitimate questions regarding the safety of mobile devices, but there are also some misconceptions that can lead companies to focus on the wrong issues or ignore the real risks. Mobile security is a continuing challenge for organizations. In some cases, security risks are exaggerated; in some other cases, they are underestimated. Surprisingly, a large number of companies do not encrypt data on mobile devices. If these devices rely on the cloud, the need for encryption is less. However, contact lists, pictures, price lists, sales notes, and other sensitive information are increasingly stored in mobile devices. This allows employees to work seamlessly in the field even when the cloud is unavailable. But, for these very reasons, encryption must be taken seriously. People are starting to use wearable devices (gadgets) for business purposes. Initially, these devices were used e.g. to photograph the crime scene by the police. Or e.g. for painting equipment that is in the field and needs repair, and then the images are forwarded to experts in the field in the organization. According to one study, less than 60% of these devices are safe. As more and more of these devices are used for field operations, IT professionals must take security into account. When assessing the security of mobile devices, organizations typically focus on network security and centralized monitoring of these devices. Attention should also be paid to the habits in the use of mobile devices that employees in the field have, but also to the security protocols that exist on the devices themselves.
Two-factor authentication and application security of public stores
The security of mobile devices does not have to be less than the security of desktop devices. In some cases, mobile devices are even safer than others (e.g., mobile devices can be located and disconnected from a remote location). Also, mobile devices typically use information from the cloud and therefore fewer data can be compromised in the event of an attack. On the other hand, there is a huge amount of data on laptop hard drives and huge problems can arise in the event of an attack. Mobile devices have no more software vulnerabilities at all than desktop devices. The difference is that mobile devices are in the field so IT professionals have to make a centralized method of sending security and software patches from the network to these devices, and they have to do that as soon as the patches are available. Mobile devices can be lost or lost, so from a security point of view, it is desirable that, in addition to the username and password, there is an additional password when logging in. Two-factor authentication is recommended for all mobile devices, which should include a secret login password (e.g. your high school name) as well as a username and password. Smaller companies that do not have their network infrastructure for downloading applications sometimes use public application stores to transfer applications to their users. In many cases, companies of all sizes use public app stores to make some useful apps available to end-users. Public app stores take several measures to make downloading apps safe, but occasionally face threats such as malware, hacking, and security protocol breaches. It is best, when it comes to internal application downloads, to create download procedures that will be directly monitored by the network administrator.
Virus removal procedure
If you suspect that your smartphone or tablet is infected with a virus, we bring you good news. Namely, removing the virus from your device is not that complicated, and below we bring you a description of the steps you need to take to clean your device.
In the beginning, however, it should be mentioned that it is unlikely that your Android phone or tablet is affected by the virus. You are more likely to see an ad on the display informing you that “your Android is infected” and that you need to download a specific application to save it. However, these viruses do exist.
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One of the basic rules you need to follow is to never install apps outside of the Google Play Store. To ensure that you don’t accidentally install malware by installing an app outside of the Google Play Store, look for security in your phone’s settings, and the option to install apps from unknown sources should be disabled. If you still decide to install applications like this, do your research – check your phone settings and read reviews and reviews of applications that are available on the Internet.
Of course, antivirus applications are also available to you, but keep in mind that they can also have advertising warnings about the virus that they offer you “pro” services. But if you are already sure that your phone is infected with a virus, do the following:
You should know that viruses are installed through third-party applications, you need to switch the device to Safe mode. If you don’t know how to do this, look for a video tutorial for your phone model that is available online for most phones. Then open Phone Settings and find the Applications section and all the suspicious applications or those that you are sure you did not install. Clicking on the application will open options, including “uninstall”, by selecting which you will delete the application and the virus with it. If it is impossible to click that option, then the virus has taken on the role of phone administrator. In this case, return to Settings in the Security section, find the list of applications with administrator status. Uncheck the disputed application and return to uninstall. All you have to do after that is restart your phone to exit Safe mode.
And if all this sounds complicated to you, restoring your phone to factory settings will clean it of viruses. But keep in mind that this also deletes all data from the phone, if you have not made a backup.
An effective way to protect mobile devices in the fight against viruses
Using a password manager, like Keeper Password Manager, is another type of security solution. A security tool that provides your security with another step of protection. Keeper allows you to use stronger and more complex passwords, amongst other features, which you can find out more about here. This application gives you security and comfort when searching and logging in. It allows you to log in automatically as well as the possibility of two-factor authentication. The user interface is very easy to use or use. Don’t use simple passwords, don’t put yourself at a disadvantage. Be sure and use this app. You can log in with a master or master password and it is very complex. You don’t have to remember dozens of others.
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Viruses sometimes slow down your device, but they can also cause fear and panic, with extreme reactions from users who have apocalyptic thoughts and fears, not only about their device but also about the health of their family or the general situation in an increasingly technology-dependent world. Fortunately, such thoughts disappear over time (and with the help of education), but the threat of the virus is still very current. Today, developers who make viruses are mostly profit-oriented, not just simple destruction. Thus, viruses that automatically visit certain sites and the like became current because the creator of the virus was paid “per visit”, but also those who lock data on a computer and ask for a ransom payment (usually in Bitcoins) for the user to get a code to unlock data. This type of virus is called malware and ransomware and they represent the vast majority of current viruses. Phones and tablets that use the Android operating system, primarily due to their wide presence on the market, are an obvious target for hackers. Here, too, a certain percentage of users believe that there are viruses (in the traditional sense) only for Android. This is not entirely true and viruses in the classical sense do not exist under this operating system. One of the basic characteristics of a virus is the way it spreads, where the virus executable file tries to “attach” itself to any other executable file on the computer and thus ensure that it will be constantly active.
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The basic and quite effective way of protection is: do not install applications outside the official store. It is very important to note that, if the user does not approve the installation of an application that contains malware, there is no possibility of “infection” under the Android operating system. There is an option in the operating system settings (which can be turned off at will) and which protects the user from installing unapproved applications. If you want extra protection, antivirus packages are the next line of defense. The name “antivirus” is used only for sound and marketing because the officials of various AV companies say that there are no classic viruses for Android. Thus, the primary focus of all security packages for Android is protection against various malware, which means scanning all applications and constant work on the basis to detect as many unsuitable applications as possible.
Another very important thing that security packages offer is the protection of privacy and data, which AV companies put in the first place. A lot of malware and websites will try to “quietly” get hold of users’ data, which is not good at all. Android phones today combine many things, from a simple phone to a wallet, so you should consider additional protection.
Let’s also mention the device theft protection systems offered by certain AV packages, thus surpassing the classic antimalware application. Because of these additional features, users who are more concerned about their data should consider some additional security package for Android devices. Those who are more relaxed can comfortably go without any additional software, but with great care what they install and what permissions they give to certain applications.