Password Security Policies – Part 3 – Manage the Mobile Morass

Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) that struggle with information security because of resource constraints have particular reason to pay attention: Smart password practices require next to no budget. They don’t need to take up much time, either, especially once your policies and procedures are in place. Here is the last of a three part series – managing your mobile devices.

7. Use a device-lock app. The mobile era has compounded the potential security threats inherent in password breaches. A lost or stolen device, for starters, can become a nightmare for the unprepared SMB. Begin by requiring–or at least strongly encouraging–staff to use a device-lock feature or app. Set it to time out automatically at one minute or less of inactivity.

8. Don’t jailbreak or root phones. This one’s likely to be a particular concern for SMBs that encourage employees to bring their own device to work. Users that jailbreak their iPhone or root their Android device could be bringing increased security risks onto the corporate network. Consider a policy restriction that bans such devices for company use.

9. Fully exit apps. Slain recommends users sign out and exit business apps when not in use rather than leaving them running in the background. That’s a step that sounds easy but sometimes involves more than just closing it, depending on the phone and its operating system. iPhone users must double-click the bottom button, find the app in a list, tap its icon, and then tap the minus sign that appears.

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