Data Security on Mobile: Enhance Your Personal Information Online

As smartphone ownership increases in number (163.9 million for 2014 and projected to reach 182.6 million by next year), there is also a boost in personal mobile data information being shared online and saved on devices. Security became the main concern in the consumer tech world. As an answer, manufacturers have resorted to various ways on how to prevent data leakage in the past year.

Recently, we witnessed the launch of smartphones with a fingerprint scanner. It was Motorola that came up with the 
world’s first fingerprint scanning smart handset on the market through their Motorola Atrix. However, Apple was the one who introduced it widely in the public last year with their iPhone 5S and TouchID that allows users to purchase apps using only their print. Today, Samsung also joined the bandwagon by releasing not only a handset with a scanner (Galaxy S5) but also tablets that can be unlocked using the owner/s’ fingerprint. 

Different information shared on mobile
With its ability to connect to the internet, most of our transactions are now via our smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches. Here is a list of the common information you share online through handsets:
• Bank details
• Social media information
• Personal facts 
• Email
• Pictures
• Confidential information about your office
mTech for Enterprise
With the increasing power of mobile technology (mTech) through the announcement of 64-bit architecture for handset, more businesses and industries are considering these devices as new platforms in encouraging work on the go. Tablets are more often used by professionals since it offers larger screen than the smartphone. Similar to handsets, today’s tabs are now equipped with fingerprint scanner that adds protection to its owner and their mobile data. Samsung introduced their Galaxy Tab S variants with fingerprint sensor to unlock the device. Likewise, Apple recently launched their new iPads (the Air 2 and Mini 3) with the TouchID that not only unlocks the device but can also be used as a replacement to the Apple ID when purchasing apps at the App Store. Currently, the two manufacturer’s tablets
with fingerprint scanner are offered with mobile internet and price plan at the O2 tab site.

Here’s how you can improve your mobile data security:
1.Be informed: The more you know about data security and its leakage, the less chance you’ll commit errors. For enterprises, it’s highly important to 
have a conference with your employees discussing the importance of keeping their mobile safe, especially when they’re using it to access company emails and servers. 
2. Delete your digital marks: As much as possible do not leave traces of your information on your devices. Delete your history, cookies, and saved passwords in your devices. This avoids leaking your information in case your gadget gets stolen. It will also pay off to make your passwords highly secure by making it unique, long, and updated frequently. 
3. Avoid public Wi-Fi: Connecting to open public wireless internet networks is dangerous since your mobile information is also open for hacking by everyone on the system. It’s best to use encrypted networks and access online information through VPN. 
4. Backup: Save as much information through a backup drive. Maximized a highly secure cloud server technology where you can keep a record of the rest of your files. This will also be beneficial to companies who are sharing confidential records online.

Overall, the complete safeguarding of your personal information depends on your ability to be keen in sharing data online. Remember that digital footprints are difficult to delete, and will forever be saved in the big World Wide Web. How do you keep your data safe on your smart devices?

Exclusively submitted by JenBirch to Quadratek