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Protect Your Mobile Data

Posted by: Today's Tip Contributor on March 8, 2011

The growing adoption of mobile devices as primary business communication tools substantiates the need to ensure that your data is protected in the office and on the road. Business professionals must take proactive steps to ensure that data is not only protected but recoverable in the event of loss, theft, or damage to the mobile device.

The ability to access the Internet and download and share data requires all business users to be diligent about security, whether they are using a wired desktop or a mobile device. Below are five tips that will help you protect your mobile data:

1. Secure access to your data. In addition to using password protection on your phone, do not enable the "remember me" option when entering user names and passwords to online sites.

2. Protect your information. Do not store clearly identifiable personal data such as your home address, account numbers, or ATM codes on your mobile device.

3. Secure access to data. Using a cloud file server will allow you to securely access and share your data on the road. Look for solutions that provide anytime access and file sharing from leading smartphones and enable account administrators to manage users and folder permissions on the go. That way, if your device is lost or stolen, your data remains secure.

4. Back up your data. Sync your contacts with an online file server to ensure that you always have a secure accessible copy of your data.

5. Exercise caution when downloading apps. Mobile professionals use document and other apps to stay productive while on the road, but not all apps are secure. Like other downloads, apps can contain malicious code designed to scrape your data or take over your device.

Vineet Jain
Chief Executive Officer
Mountain View, Calif.

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