Is an app or computer really safe?

7 security tips against hackers, viruses and data thieves

Does your boss travel a lot? Then he will certainly have his mobile helpers with him. Because smartphones, tablets, notebooks and the like will soon make working on the go as easy as at a fixed office desk. With our seven security tips we will show you how hackers, viruses and data thieves grapple with your boss. Cell phones, tablets and the like are practical, but with these little helpers, sensitive data, files and information can also travel. And they are not intended for all eyes. Quite apart from that, such a device is quickly lost or stolen due to its small size.

7 safety tips for cell phones, tablets and co.

"Just don't leave it lying around" is certainly the most important protective measure. In addition, the following security tips will help you to protect your boss's mobile devices from hacker attacks, malware and data theft.

Safety tip 1: Install only what you really need.

Malicious programs, viruses, Trojans and the like often find their way onto your boss's computer and / or mobile device via weak points in your operating system or apps. PDF programs, Internet browsers and media players, for example, have recently shown themselves to be particularly susceptible. Often it is enough to open a contaminated PDF document and your computer will be infected.

The following applies: The more programs you install, the higher the risk of opening the door to malware. Therefore, only install programs without which your boss cannot work effectively. And keep them up to date with updates.

Safety tip 2: Remain critical of apps.

Install apps only from reputable official "stores" such as the App Store (Apple) or the Play Store (Android).

Safety tip 3: Keep an eye on the data protection settings.

Protect your mobile device from unauthorized access and it is best to check before the installation what data the new programs and apps may transmit to unauthorized eyes. Pay particular attention to:

  • the data transmission to the server and
  • access to your mobile address book.

The more digital tools you use in Office 4.0, the more important it becomes to Data security and data protection to pay attention to. Bring yourself up to date in the seminar on the topic.

Safety tip 4: Keep your devices up to date.

With each new software update, the manufacturer of your mobile devices would like to close possible security gaps. You should therefore note these 2 points for your boss' laptop, smartphone and tablet:

  • Set up new updates for your operating system as soon as possible.
  • Also update your installed apps as soon as updates are available.

But be careful: Many providers use updates to change their data protection guidelines. It is therefore best to carry out the updates manually and check the new data protection guidelines.

Safety tip 5: Pay attention to restricted user rights.

Make sure that your mobile Windows computers only have a restricted user account and that you or your boss as a user do not have administrator rights.

In this way, you prevent predefined security-relevant settings from being changed and you or your boss from installing malicious programs unnoticed. If this does happen, viruses and the like can spread more difficult or consequential damage can be reduced.

Safety tip 6: Use protection software.

You should install good, up-to-date virus protection software, especially on Windows notebooks, netbooks and laptops. The same applies here: keep these programs up-to-date with regular updates. The pre-installed Microsoft firewall (from Windows Vista) is usually fine-tuned so that you do not need any additional software. However, you should

  • leave the Windows firewall switched on,
  • If possible, do not change the specified settings
  • update the software with regular updates.

There are also useful antivirus solutions for smartphones, tablets and PDAs, many of which are even free. For the best choice tailored to your mobile device, the best thing to do is to contact your boss's IT department.

Safety tip 7: Use the screen lock.

As astonishingly simple as this safety tip sounds, it is rarely used. But the screen lock is still a difficult hurdle for thieves.

iPad / iPhone:

  • Click in the settings.
  • Go to “General”.
  • Under “Automatic lock” select a value that is not too small (at least 1 min.), But also not too high (max. 5 min.).
  • Tap on “Code lock”.
  • Activate the access protection in the following dialog and enter a code here, preferably a numerical key that is as long as possible.

Android system:

  • Tap into Settings.
  • In "Personal" or "My Device" go to "Lock Screen".
  • Set your desired lock under "Lock screen".

Additional tip: The options "pattern" or "wipe" are quickly cracked. Better to use a PIN or a password.