Mobile Device Security While on Holiday

Talking about device security is somewhat easy for me. I was a Linux enthusiast and I used to work as Linux server and network administrator. According to a book I have read, “Maximum Linux Security”, the key to making your server secure is as simple as keeping all the software updated to the latest version. Another way to keep your server safe from attack is to apply this method: block all ports/protocol and only open access for what you need to. The more complex the server, the more vulnerability it has. Anyway, I won’t discuss Linux server any further, I just want to mention it because the concept of Linux security can be applied in many other cases.

For me, one of the most valuable technological developments after electricity, the personal computer, and the internet is the mobile device. Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized how people do business, how children play, learn, and see the world and how people interact with each other regardless of distance. We are certainly living in an exciting time, but this amazing invention does not come without negative impact. Poor security can leave personal information vulnerable and can be a huge concern for parents.

As we know, the home or office environment is likely to be the most secure. Because we know each person in the network, we can be less worried about private data being stolen. What I want to focus on in this article is managing mobile device security when far from home, during holidays, when traveling, or when the network environment is untrusted.

How to protect your mobile device from damage, temporary lost, and theft

Before going further to talk about securing our mobile device from online threats including hackers, and viruses, let’s look at the most common problem we face as gadget owners: damaging and misplacing our devices. Both can cause data loss and can be catastrophic if they happen away from home. To limit this threat, make sure your device is stored securely and has a durable case to prevent against falls. ‘Find my phone’ apps are a very simple way to track missing devices, giving you peace of mind even if you cannot retrieve your device immediately.

What about theft? If your device is stolen, the best you can do is limit the thief’s access to your data. Lock your device with a strong password and don’t forget to activate any anti-theft features so you can remotely lock the stolen device.

How to maintain security of mobile devices while connected to foreign network when on holiday

As with my other suggestions, it is often the simple things that are the most effective. A lot of bugs in outdated software can be exploited to give hackers access to your sensitive data. Just by keeping the OS software updated, and doing your best to make sure all the apps on your mobile devices are the latest version, you are protecting yourself.

Many devices have an auto update feature in the settings, so make sure this is turned on by default.

Another great way to stay safe on mobile devices is the famous idiom, “don’t talk to strangers”. In this case, it means assuming that anything you do on unsecured public networks can be seen or accessed by others. It might be useful to connect to WiFi at an airport, train station, hotel lobby, restaurant or café, but do not use it for secure activities like shopping or online banking. For this same reason, make sure that your device is not set to automatically connect to WiFi or Bluetooth while you are out and about.

How to prevent viruses and trojans infecting your mobile device

It is one of the most basic rules of internet safety. Do not download and run files if it is not clear where they came from. For those who have grown up with computers at home, this can be second nature, but it is important to remember that mobile devices are not immune to viruses.

As mobile devices continue to replace desktop computers as the primary way many people connect to the internet, it becomes increasingly important to have a virus scanner or anti-malware software on all of your devices.

How to secure your children’s mobile device and manage their activity

With the tablet and mobile phone being used for education and entertainment in equal measure, children are now growing up knowing how to use devices, but not necessarily understanding some of the risks involved. The ideal solution is a device just for children to use at home that has strong parental controls and doesn’t hold any sensitive information. While this may work for younger children, eventually they will want the independence of their own devices.

From social media to knowing who your children are in contact with, it can be very difficult for parents to protect their children in the online world. With the threat of scams, phishing, and data theft, protecting children online when they are using their own personal devices can seem like an impossible task.

In fighting all the threats to security mentioned above, you need a good friend. I think Kaspersky Security Cloud is a great way to defending the entire family’s devices from viruses, Trojans, worms, phishing and more. Offering secure connection on public WiFi, Kaspersky Security Cloud also allows parents to create multiple accounts for their children and adjust the settings accordingly to control what they access on which device and how long they can spend on a device or online. Other features include alerts about a child’s internet usage, location identification, and built in advice for parents to help them educate their children about sense of security.

With a suite of tools like this, children will be able to enjoy their independence and parents can have peace of mind of knowing that the whole family are protected – wherever they are in the world.

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