Top Mobile Security Tips from IQ:timecard

With much of the world panicking over the so-called Heartbleed computer bug this week, the team at IQ:timecard thought it would be useful to offer some important mobile security tips for those monitoring and optimising remote workforces. The explosive growth of mobile in the past few years has obviously given businesses an incredible wealth of resources they can use to better their organisations, but with these tools come things like malware, viruses, firewalls and personal security issues which, is unresolved, can lead to threats to entire businesses. We’ve compiled our top mobile security tips for those using IQ:timecard on their mobile devices, to keep sensitive information safe and to reduce the risk of fraud, theft or other cybercrimes.

  1. According to McAfee, one of the world’s leading internet security firms, malware doubled between 2012 and 2013, with the trend expected to continue into 2014. Companies must protect themselves from malware by taking numerous steps. These can be as complicated as implementing various firewalls and anti-malware software, and as simple as knowing the hallmarks of a phishing email or logging out of public computers.
  2. Mobile loss and theft can be incredibly worrying, especially for businesses that rely on contact with remote workers. If employees are utilising a mobile device to call IQ:timecard’s dedicated number, or login to the central management resource, ensure that they don’t have any automatic login information stored on the device, should it fall into the wrong hands. There are also ways in which lost or stolen devices can be tracked using GPS, and remotely locked to outsiders. Encourage all employees to enable these functions on their smartphones and tablets.
  3. 70% of employees access corporate networks using personal mobile devices, and 80% access corporate emails. Cyber-attacks and other online threats like malware can be introduced to a computer this way, and it could give cybercriminals the potential to access sensitive or confidential data found within email inboxes or company intranet systems. Establish a company-wide system where mobile policies are signed off on and the company is entirely compliant. This will help to prevent data loss or theft, and will protect the business from exterior threats.

At IQ:timecard, we’re always working on ways to make our network as secure as possible. We store all data in a cloud-based server that has enterprise level password protection and numerous authentication gateways to ensure that no one can gain access to the data unless specifically granted the permission. We urge that all companies consider implementing similar methods of fortification against online threats, for their own safety and for the protection of their clients’ data.