What To Remember When Considering Tablet Security
Tablets have been quite the rage lately but users are not entirely keeping them safe when it comes to protecting your tablet from malware or other unneeded malicious code. Some threats are bigger and need careful handling but it is recommended to keep your device secure at all times to avoid malware no matter how big or small- a threat is a threat. We need to ask ourselves whether our devices are fully safe and secure or not?
Tablet users are increasing
With the ever increasing demand for tablets not just from those who love to utilize Apple products but an entire new business market has opened up for tablets as various companies and organizations are encouraging their employees to work with tablets which improves their capacity to work in an efficient and productive way. But this convenience comes with a price; your device is at greater risk of contracting harmful code and programs that would weaken your systems security. Thus taking precautions for device security are more necessary than ever before.
Here are some major threats to tablet security and how to handle them:
- Losing data
With newer ways of hacking into other peoples computers and making their information vulnerable to use has surfaced much on the internet lately. It is important that users are careful at all times because stealing data and harming users as result of security breach is what hackers do. Make sure to keep your systems security up to date and be vigilant enough to keep your data backed up in case malicious code harms your PC.
- Network glitches
Another major mistake that most of us commit on a routinely basis is using public or unknown Wi-Fi’s which can be potential sources of harming our devices with malicious code and malware. Hackers and phishers are always trying to tap into the devices through security loopholes to commit cybercrimes. Installing a VPN and a Wi-Fi hotspot (carrier based) to avoid such hackers and cyber criminals.
You can’t always completely escape malware! Malicious codes, programs, applications and phishing scams along with many other threats put Android tablets especially at risk. Without proper verification and authenticity of certain applications and programs, do not install them. The risk is normally minimized when employers ensure that the device is not crowded with irrelevant apps by the employees.
Using pins and keeping password protection in case the tablet is stolen, can come in handy. Try installing tracking software for additional security measures. But in case the device is owned by the company then it would be wiser to check in with the employer first before you install the tracker.
- BYOD policy
If the employee in an organization owns their own tablets then is best to encourage them to bring their own devices for work as it would make them comfortable to work with it and it would help cut down on costs however it has the disadvantage of opening their personal tablets to all types malicious code and scams. To keep away from such problems try to instill regular security check-ups by the IT department as well as a BYOD policy to guarantee that no official data is to be saved in the device as it is sensitive information of the company.
All devices are subject to be threatened by malware, scams or other forms of malicious code at one time or another however the best option is to try and secure your device in the best possible way.