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How to Secure Employee Devices

Secure Employee Devices

Just as you understand the importance of keeping your personal devices safe, your business should prioritize the security of employees' devices.

Many businesses today offer smartphones or laptops to their employees. But what happens if these devices are lost or stolen? Or if someone outside the company has access to these devices?

In this article, we'll talk about how to keep devices used in your business secure.


Features of developing a policy for devices


One of the actions that you can take is to establish policies to determine the type of data that can be saved on the company's devices.

If the device includes only the information necessary for the employee to perform his duties, this will reduce the problems arising from the device falling into the wrong hands.

The same concept applies to mobile devices. If employees have access to company information via smartphones or tablets, set up a mobile management policy.

For example, this policy could require employees to encrypt their devices, enter a PIN to unlock the device, or provide the ability to wipe data remotely when needed.


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How to use 2-step verification to increase the security of your devices


An additional measure you can take is to enable 2-Step Verification to sign in to accounts on company devices.

This feature is not only required for the employee to enter the password, but also to take an additional step to be able to log in.

The second step is either to enter a code that is sent to the user's phone or to enter a security key into the computer.

This means that the account is now protected by information they know such as a password, as well as by a device they have such as a phone or a security key, making it difficult for anyone else to log into accounts and systems.

Two-Step Verification is also an effective way to reduce phishing, since a password alone is not enough to access a device or account.


Tips for staying safe when using other devices


Furthermore, employees should ensure that their devices are obtained from a trusted source before using them.

For example, if you received a USB flash drive in the mail and you're not sure where it came from, don't use it on your computer.


Summary


We talked about what can be done to prevent someone from accessing sensitive information if employee devices are lost or stolen. It also highlights the importance of using only trusted devices.

Think about the devices you use in your business. How can a stranger use the information stored on it? What steps can you take now to keep these devices and information safe?


See: Tips for Building a Healthy Relationship With Technology
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