Mobile users should utilize data encryption, security applications

Mobile users should utilize data encryption, security applications

Businesses and IT professionals are constantly working to improve data security on company computers and networks, but the rise of mobile devices has created another platform for cybercriminals to target.

Although the majority of information security spending is designated for in-house devices, there are many ways mobile users can improve their security and protect valuable data, emails and documents.

According to a recent eSecurityPlanet report, employees concerned about data security should use a mobile operating system that contains hardware-based encryption possibilities, such as Apple's iOS or RIM's BlackBerry OS. While Android produces some encryption-capable mobile phones, the majority of current products have limited security features, the report said.

The source also advised mobile users, especially those with business data on their phones, to setup a remote tracking system that enables them to secure data on a lost or stolen device. Most tracking applications allow users to see the device's exact location and erase phone data from a remote location.

A recent Ponemon Institute survey revealed 84 percent of consumers use their smartphone for professional and personal use, while 66 percent store personal data and 23 percent conceal passwords.