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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Top 5 Best Practices

You’re enrolled in your company’s BYOD program—now what? Follow these top five best practices to ensure your personal devices are secure.

These practices are smart for any device—personally owned or not! But they are especially important for devices enrolled in a BYOD program.

1. Password Protection

Always, always, always password protect your devices. I know you’ve heard this over and over again, but that’s because it’s so important. Password protection is your first, best defense against prying eyes.

If you haven’t password protected your phone, don’t wait another second—stop reading right now and secure your device!

2. Strong Passwords

So now your device is password protected—but is it a strong password? A good test is to ask a coworker to guess your password. If they get it right, your password isn’t doing its job.

Follow your company’s guidelines for creating a strong password. Those guidelines are there to keep you and your company safe!

3. Personal Back-up

Mobile devices are great, aren’t they? They are phones, cameras, and mini-computers all in one. But how would you feel if your device vanished from your hand right now?

According to BYOD policy, your phone could be wiped clean at any time. For peace of mind, treat your phone as the temporary holding place it is. You don’t want to lose precious photos and e-mails because they weren’t backed up. Don’t delay!

4. Auto Storage

When backing up your personal data, be careful—automated file synchronization programs like DropBox can run in the background without you even being aware of it. If you don’t take proper precautions, these services can upload anything stored on your phone, including confidential company data.

If you use a cloud server or file synchronization service, make sure you adjust your settings so they only store personal data. Only save what you want to save!

5. Misplaced Phones

Mobile devices are small, valuable, and perfect targets for casual thieves. If you lose track of your device—even for a few minutes—call your IT department so they can arrange to have your device wiped.

If you have followed all of the other best practices, wiping your device shouldn’t cause too many problems. All of your personal information is backed up, and your company information secure, right?

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