We're living more and more of our lives through mobile phones and similar tablet devices. This much has become increasingly clear in the past couple of years, when the spread of smart phones has becomes arguably the biggest technological development in over a decade. But while this shift in how we handle our lives - in business, social activity, school, entertainment, etc. - offers unprecedented flexibility and connectivity, it also comes with risks and problems. Namely, the ability to store and share data securely through mobile devices is of great concern.
Fortunately, there are ways to ensure safety with the handling of your data and sensitive information on mobile devices. The following tips can all contribute to safer use of these devices.
Protect Your Devices Physically
Companies like Griffin and Incase spend a great deal of time and resources developing excellent cases for mobile devices, and while they may seem cumbersome, these cases can provide the physical protection you need. Naturally, the worst thing that can happen if you store and share sensitive information via your mobile device is for that device to be broken or damaged beyond repair. In this way, the right case can provide very significant protection.
Use File Sharing Services
If you have concerns about the security of basic email services (which tends to be quite limited), consider purchasing Sharefile services and downloading the accompanying app. Not only does this app allow you to transfer large and complex files that email can't handle, but it also comes with encryption, which makes your communications significantly more secure. Such services are becoming very popular in business environments, but can also be used by individuals.
Avoid Saving Passwords & Information
This is some of the most popular advice you'll ever find relating to Internet security. Simply put, storing passwords and information (on payment sites, order forms, subscription services, etc.) leaves you vulnerable to theft and manipulation. It can be tempting anyway, simply because saving passwords makes things more efficient, but the risk of someone exploiting your passwords and personal information isn't worth the convenience.
Use Cloud Storage
Finally, you can also use cloud storage services to avoid many of the potential security issues that arise from file storage and transfer on mobile devices. Basically, by storing your information on the cloud, rather than specifically on your device, you eliminate a massive percentage of the risk of leaks and theft. Your device itself will no longer be of any risk to you if it falls into the wrong hands or is stolen - because there won't be any personal information on the device. Meanwhile, you'll still be able to access your information online in the cloud, through another device.