Last week, TechCrunch contributor John Biggs wrote a column stating 2017 may be the year of improving mobile security. With millions of smartphone users worldwide, the need for high-quality mobile data security is more of a reality than ever.
For the first time, mobile devices are being used as primary computing devices. Smartphones, tablets and phablets are more portable and efficient than desktop computers, and with thousands of apps to choose from, users can order food to go, or pay their electricity bill at the click of a button.
The convenience of mobile devices has not only changed normal day-to-day responsibilities, but also has opened the doors for streamlining enterprise operations. Companies everywhere are adopting BYOD policies so that employees may choose a device they’re most comfortable operating.
What this means is now the average smartphone or tablet contains sensitive financial information, emails, messages, and other personal data that could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Mobile computing is our reality now, but mobile security is still developing. Mobile users are vulnerable to data breaches through applications and ransomware, as well as by a device being physically stolen.
Some of the more recent mobile security precautions include biometric security controls, devices requiring more intricate passcodes and more advanced encryption. While these are all useful, Biggs calls for more advanced controls to protect personal data.
The need for high-quality mobile security is gaining more coverage than ever. As the public becomes more educated about the dangers of insecure devices and information, more focus will go to mobile security development.