Apple iOS devices have become fairly ubiquitous in the business world. However, your accounts and data could get compromised if you don’t take the proper mobile security steps.
Here are a few factors to address.
1. Backup encryption
If your computer files should fall into the wrong hands and your backup files haven’t been secured, your mobile data could become compromised. You can encrypt iOS backups by plugging your device into your computer with the USB cable and launching iTunes.
Choose “iPhone” or “iPad” from the device toolbar and click on the “Summary” tab. Scroll down to the Backups section and check off “Encrypt Backup.”
This will create a secure copy of your data that is scrambled to protect your information from prying eyes.
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2. Passcode lock
What happens if you leave your mobile device in a public place or it gets stolen? A passcode could be your first line of defense against data breaches.
Open your settings menu and tap on “Passcode.” You can either set a simple four-digit numerical passcode or create a complex passcode that includes numbers, letters, and punctuation.
Ideally, your passcode lock should trigger immediately after you put a device to sleep, without any delay, so unauthorized users cannot view information on your device. Rotate your mobile passcodes every few months, so that the one on your mobile remains different from your other work passcodes.
3. Remote wipe
If your device is lost or stolen, you can track it, lock it, or wipe it remotely by using the Find My iPhone feature through iCloud. Despite the name of this service, Find My iPhone can be used to locate Mac computers, iPod Touches, and iPads too.
First, enable the Find My iPhone feature on your device in the iCloud settings menu. When you need to locate your device, visit the iCloud website and sign in with your account credentials.
Click on Find My iPhone to view the location of your device. Contact the authorities with the information if you believe the device has been stolen.
From this website, you can select your device and remotely lock or wipe it, to prevent thieves from accessing sensitive data.
In your General settings menu, there’s an option called “Restrictions” that allows you to limit access to certain iOS apps and store features. This can be particularly useful if you wish to prevent employees from making purchases on company devices.
You can also prevent users from accessing inappropriate entertainment, such as content with an “Explicit” rating.
Protect your company data, company social media accounts, and digital presence by locking down your mobile device security. Restrictions, backup encryption, passcodes, and remote wipe can help you assert control over company data, even when you no longer have possession of the device.
These best practices can ensure that your Apple iOS devices stay safe, even if they are lost or stolen.