May 26, 2016
“App stores and mobile apps are the greatest hostile code and malware delivery mechanism ever created.” – Winn Schwartau; CEO, The Security Awareness Company
If you own a smartphone, you probably have an app, or 20, downloaded on your device. What you may not be privy to, however, is that close to 80 percent of all apps are susceptible to attack. In a time when mobile applications have become more popular than web browsers for a variety of utilities, this means that nearly every mobile device on the planet is at risk.
Security is becoming especially worrisome as there is a currently growing culture among businesses who accept mobile devices in the workplace. A large portion of individuals who bring their devices to the office access not only personal information, but corporate data as well. In fact, Pryvate, a mobile communications encryption company, recently revealed that 29 percent of consumers share work sensitive data via a mobile device at least once per week.
This kind of behavior by companies, employees, and app developers has put millions of people’s private information at risk without them even knowing it. It’s this type of conduct that invites cyber-attacks, which cost businesses across the globe more than $400 billion per year.
Yet there are those who recognize this gaping hole in mobile security and are doing their best to patch up any openings. The Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently announced full end-to-end encryption for all of their users when it stated:
“From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats.”
If your company is ready to follow suit and bolster mobile security in a meaningful way, then check out these four applications that master mobile security.
1. ESET Mobile Security and Antivirus
ESET is an easy-to-use antivirus and mobile security application for Android devices. In a 2015 AV-Test report, ESET achieved, “. . .100 percent protection against malware infections such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses,” as touted by the app’s Google Play listing.
The application provides users with real-time protection as it scans apps to detect and defend against malware through a straightforward and easy to understand interface. Scans can be conducted automatically or on-demand for instant peace of mind. Additionally, ESET supplies an array of anti-theft elements such as the ability to remotely locate, lock, and even wipe devices. With free and premium versions available, this is a fantastic and secure option for Android users.
A mobile security startup that burst onto the scene in 2015, Beame has developed some of the most comprehensive and groundbreaking mobile encryption technologies to date.
Beame works through establishing a SSL network based upon mobile devices linked to a Wi-Fi signal. This method completely changes internet participants within a certain proximity into an encrypted SSL server for increased levels of security. This will allow for apps, tools, engines, and whatever else to be integrated into a company’s workflow simply and safely.
Beame is highly versatile because the company develops SDKs (software development kits) to allow for compatibility with any app in existence. And with features like dual-factor authentication available, you can be sure that all communications and interactions are secure within the Beame network.
3. HP Enterprise Software
If you are going to go to great lengths to protect the mobile information in your possession, you should always have a testing tool handy. That’s where HP Enterprise Software, or HPE, comes in.
HPE provides a variety of features which help businesses to test and secure all of their mobile information. The software enables testers to analyze applications created in-house, by a third-party provider, or ones that come right from app stores by targeting various platforms, devices, and networks. Additionally, HP Enterprise Software is capable of conducting regularly scheduled scans, replicating user experiences, and so much more that will help keep your internal data customers’ and information safe. As the tool currently supports Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phones, HP Enterprise can be leveraged by nearly anyone.
4. 360 Security
Another security armament which scored outstandingly on the November 2015 AV-Test report is 360 Security; the app lauded a near-flawless detection rate of 99.99 percent. This should be somewhat expected, however, as the company’s focus lies in detecting and neutralizing potential threats. The app provides users with standard, real-time scanning features to protect against malware, spyware, and other malicious infections, but sets itself apart with the ability to repair system weaknesses and manage idle applications for better mobile performance.
360 Security boasts an elegant and sleek interface that hosts a variety of extra features such as power saving options, app management, a junk file cleaner, anti-theft elements, and loads more. The best part about 360 Security, however, is that it is completely free.
Mobile security should be one of your company’s first, and most tended to, priorities. The use of mobile devices is virtually inescapable and a greater importance is continually placed upon these gadgets; just look at the many Google initiatives that revolve around small screens.
The harsh reality is that if you have not already implemented mobile security measures within your company, your customers’ information is currently at risk. Don’t become one of the many small businesses who succumb to digital attacks. Educate yourself on the virtual threats that you face and implement the appropriate technological solutions to ensure that your company’s reputation remains just as secure as the information you handle.
What do you view as the most powerful mobile security application? Do you think mobile security will ever be a priority for app developers, or will speed and convenience always trump safety?
Conscious online marketer, web executive, and multi-faceted writer Tina Courtney has been creating and fostering online innovations since 1996. Tina has assisted many clients in maximizing online production and marketing efforts, and is a staff writer for SiteProNews, one of the Web’s foremost webmaster and tech news blogs. She’s produced and marketed innovative content for major players like Disney and JDate, as well as boutique startups galore, with fortes including social media, SEO, influencer marketing, community management, lead generation, and project management. Tina is also a certified Reiki practitioner, herbalist, and accomplished life coach. Learn more on LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+. Visit My Google+ Profile