Seven tips to secure business mobile phones

More and more work is being done on smartphones with remote workers getting everything from email to commercial apps on the move. While this adds flexibility to the workplace, it’s important to secure business mobile phones to protect crucial business data from accidental loss or theft.

Here, we’re looking at how you can add protection to your business smartphones, such as the Asus ZenFone range, keeping your workforce and data safe.

1. Use central management

Central device management is a must for business phones. There are third-party applications that you can use, although the Google Mobile Managment tool, available with G Suite accounts, is one of the best.

With central management, you can secure your business mobile phones, letting you manage which apps can be installed, delete data when users leave, restrict access to specific features and more.

With the right tool, you can manage both the devices that your business owns and provides to your employees, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) smartphones.

2. Enforce lockscreen protection

Make sure that all access to phones is protected by a secure lockscreen PIN at the minimum. This prevents the handset from being accessed by someone if it’s lost or stolen.

There’s a danger that long PIN codes can be hard for users to remember, so look for easier-to-use and more powerful security features. For example, the Asus ZenFone 4 has an integrated fingerprint sensor, which lets users securely unlock their devices with their fingers.

3. Encrypt data

Enabling encryption on business mobile phones is essential. Should the handset be lost or stolen and access gained to it, the data on the phone will be unreadable to anyone without the encryption password.

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