Firms and companies have to meet completely different security requirements for IT security and data protection than private individuals. For this reason, so-called business telephones such as the Blackberry from RIM were primarily used as smartphones in the business sector in the past.
Uniform standards and security structures made it relatively easy for administrators to create a secure user environment. Nowadays, Google’s Android is the most popular mobile operating system for smartphones.
And in times when IT departments have to save, more and more employees are allowed or have to use their private phones as a business device (BYOD: Bring Your Own Device).
Regardless of this, the boss may also like to use the latest Android flagship from Samsung himself. However, experts consider Android to be the most insecure mobile operating system, so how can you best protect yourself?
Threat situation Android
According to the Kaspersky annual report, over 98% of all mobile cyberattacks target Android. The reasons for this are easy to explain: On the one hand, the operating system is the most widespread mobile OS, and on the other, Android is very open compared to other systems when it comes to third-party programs. Another problem is that there are countless different manufacturers who use the Android operating system. This often leads to the fact that you can no longer install the latest Android version on the phone and so existing security gaps can no longer be closed.
2 Important Protective Measures
If you pay attention to a few small things, you can largely protect your Android smartphone from cyber attacks:
1. Avoid unknown third-party programs
The greatest danger of catching malware is apps. Under no circumstances should users download apps outside of the official Google Play Store. Trojans and other malware programs have even surfaced within the official store. Here it helps to read reviews and google for the unknown program or app. If you are unsure, keep your hands off the app.
Tip: In the menu item: Settings / Security / Unknown sources, remove the checkmark
2. Only use new Android versions
Google has also learned that they cannot leave Apple’s important entrepreneurial market without a fight. The Samsung Knox mobile device management solution will probably be implemented automatically in all Android phones in the future. As of Android 3.0, at least the phone’s file system has been encrypted. With version 4 administrative functions such as encrypted file storage were added. Since version 4.2, protection against harmful apps and malware scanners has finally been integrated.
Tip: Always keep the operating system up-to-date, never use a smartphone with Android version 3.0 or older for business.
Install Android security app
As the threat level increased, security software manufacturers have also reacted. All major manufacturers now offer more or less good security apps. Various comparison platforms offer an overview of the functionality and quality of the apps. In the business sector in particular, users should make sure that the functionality of the security app includes the option of remote deletion. This is the only way to ensure that no important data can be stolen in the event of loss or theft.