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Securing your Mobile Device

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Google Employee

 

Hi everyone! This week we want to discuss the importance of securing mobile devices.

 

Over the past few posts, I have shared on AdWords hijacking and our third party policy. Now that we are aware of that, I wanted to talk a little more about organizing our mobile devices and the increased risk of data loss and reputation damage if they aren’t managed correctly.

 

Today, almost 1/4th of the world's population is on smartphones. More and more users and businesses employ smartphones not only as communication tools, but also as a means of planning and organizing their work and private life. Next-generation mobile devices like iPads and Android phones can do wonders for mobile workers and drive productivity and innovation in business as well as fundamentally changing the way we live. That said, apart from all the benefits, these new devices also bring in security issues which may result in monetary and/or data loss.

 

Google offers an amazing system to organize one’s mobile devices, without the need for an on-premise device management server, using the Google Admin console. Sign in to the Google Admin console to create user accounts, configure administrator settings for your Google Apps services, manage billing, monitor Google Apps usage in your domain, see support options, and more.

 

Most data breaches on mobile devices are typically due to basic security failure: weak (or no) passwords, failure to encrypt data, falling victim to phishing or other social engineering, failure to update the device (making it vulnerable to simple attacks) and downloading suspicious apps. The costs of a breach can far outweigh the effort and resources required to keep your business secure, so getting the basics under control and making sure you can purge devices when they go missing should be the highest priority, both to minimize actual risk of data loss and to satisfy regulators.

 

Here are tools offered by Google to help you keep your mobile devices safe.

 

Google authenticator for Android/Iphone

 

The best part is that you can generate the codes offline! You can also keep a copy of codes available to use at your desktop for easy access.  

 

Mobile devices are here to stay. So make sure your data, your systems, and your users stay safe.

 

Thank You !

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Community Manager
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Community Manager
Thanks for sharing, Karen!